Musings on the Creation Debate and Jewish Belief

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So, I really wanted to write something amazing about the Bill Nye-Ken Ham smackdown that happened at the Creation Museum. But I have nothing truly inspiring to say. I was, and still am, fully Team Nye. I found that Ham's views were very biased and based on a narrow interpretation of both Gd and the Bible. I had actually hoped that Ham would bring out real science to refute Nye...but alas, it was not to be. The Debate  Some Tweets "Ham's view that the Bible translated into American English … [Read more...]

Interview with a “de-convert” from Christianity to Atheism

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I want to remind any readers that I am interviewing because I feel that, despite any differences in belief, those of us who choose a different faith are alike. We long for a better fit, and we seek it out despite personal or professional costs. The first interview with someone who moved from one faith to another is…anonymous. Seriously. Here’s my interview with him, including why he feels that anonymity is required despite living in a “free” country. The Interview … [Read more...]

Is Interfaith Dialogue Worth The Trouble?

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Interfaith dialogue is a mainstay of modern interfaith relations. It is touted as a way to bring communities together and find common ground. I'm not sure I could find many theists who would say, "Yeah, interfaith dialogue is a bad thing." No one says that, at least not openly. But is it true that interfaith dialogue is always helpful? Definition I guess we'd have to start with a definition of interfaith dialogue, right? Generally when I think of "interfaith dialogue", I think of a panel of … [Read more...]

Fundamentalism / Seeing What We Want

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I am converting to Judaism. I have wanted to since I was a child and the desire has only grown as I have aged. It's where my soul belongs, and that's really the bottom line. If I were to strip away the intellectual side, and my experiences with Christianity (which have, despite some of my statements, been positive at times), and my experiences with other Christians, I would still have a strong inner desire to be with the Jewish people. The Torah has always felt right to me. It is my … [Read more...]

On Leaving Christianity

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So, I have discovered that when you formally make an announcement that you're converting to Judaism, it angers your friends who are fundamentalist/evangelical/not-practicing-but-still Christian. It is apparently more stressful for them to hear that you're rejecting Jesus-as-Messiah than to have you not believe in anything at all. But I'll save that for another post, eh? Right now, I want to talk about leaving Christianity. I was approached by a friend who says I'll soon be a part of … [Read more...]

Spiritual Baggage, plus Advice for Visiting Synagogues

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Spiritual baggage. We all have it, whether we’ve stayed in our birth religion or if we’ve left it like a bad ex. Like relationship baggage, it tints all new spiritual experiences. We can’t help but compare new experiences, rituals, and beliefs to old ones. It’s a part of how we think, really. We relate one idea to another, and then form new ideas. Christianity, especially the more fundamental or conservative branches, seems to cause some hefty spiritual baggage for individuals, at … [Read more...]


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