Why I Am Not A Christian

Reflections on Bertrand Russell's speech from 1927. (Read the essay online here.)This is the only essay of his I've read. I recommend it. It's short, amusing and to the point. Many of the arguments he raises are still being raised by those in the New Atheism movement. I want to use this post to talk very briefly about Russell's essay, even more briefly about the New Atheism movement, and about why I, Niki, am not a Christian.We begin with Russell's essay. It's hard to deny most of his … [Read more...]

Love Wins

My beloved former college roommate (mentioned here) encouraged me to read Rob Bell's book, Love Wins. I'd heard about it. Apparently it pissed off a lot of Evangelicals. My ears usually perk up when American Evangelicals get all worked up over something. Seeing as how this book was published by Harper One and not his usual Zondervan, I'm guessing Bell has annoyed more than a few establishment Christians.I first heard about Rob Bell three years ago when I was visiting family in Australia. One … [Read more...]

Venturing Out

A very good friend of mine suggested I read Rob Bell's Love Wins and write about it for my blog. So I did, and I will. I got half-way through the book and decided that I wanted to buy a copy for my in-laws (my copy is from the local library). I thought that this would be the perfect excuse to visit the Family Christian Store in my town. I hadn't been in one in over a decade. I remember buying devotionals and bibles and books for bible study groups there when I was in college. Even then the … [Read more...]

He is not here, He is risen!

Or, thinking ahead to Easter.I'm a little premature. Easter isn't until April, and I'll be knee deep in the mud of my Place quarter. I haven't celebrated Easter in any meaningful way in a long time. I dislike pastels and cartoon bunnies and cheap chocolate, so the mainstream/commercial parts of this holiday don't interest me at all. I don't want to start that with my kids, either. There's enough sugar and cartoon-y fun in our lives as it is.But I do love the resurrection story. Even … [Read more...]


So I went to sutra study. I was able to read a few comments on yesterday's post before I left, rather in a distracted rush, for yoga class and sutra study. Many of you made excellent points and I was left feeling awkward, silly and vulnerable. I particularly hate feeling vulnerable. I am much better at over thinking things, if you hadn't noticed.When I started this project I knew this quarter would be a challenge for me, but I didn't realize just how hard it would be for me. I've spent most … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary in Song

Let's have some music for your weekend!My kids are feeling poorly. I'm blogged out from all the coverage of the Pantheacon transgender/Z Budapest conflict/discussion. So let's have some beauty! To song!The most famous of all songs about the Virgin Mary is the Ave Maria, the Latin version of the Hail Mary: "Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed it the fruit of your womb, Jesus; Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour … [Read more...]

Lent comes early this year

...For me, at least.Today is Fat Tuesday. Not being culturally Catholic, I've never had a grasp on when Mardi Gras occurs, but I think it's today - a huge blow out before Ash Wednesday tomorrow when Lent begins for Catholics and other Christians. Eastern Orthodoxy doesn't have this tradition. The two weeks leading up to Lent (which begins next week for them) are Meat Fare (eat the meat) and Cheese Fare (eat all the dairy but no meat), where they wind down before their vegan Lenten fast.I … [Read more...]