Don’t Let Anyone Stifle Your Original Thoughts and Ideas

Lesson for December 15, 2011: Don’t let anyone stifle your original thoughts and ideas… especially not academics, pompous people or gatekeepers.

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and his new book Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, will release June 2016. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. He is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching at the University of St. Andrews, earning his PhD in Divinity. His research focuses on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Travis McKee

    I have struggled with this concept in Seminary as well. You are supposed to give your summations and your thoughts, but the balance is to cite the influences they came from. Seeing your struggle to finish the huge thesis, you know that some of that massive writing process was explaining where you were coming from. I think that being able to deconstruct where our ideas come from is the ideal skill that such institutions are trying to implement.
    Sorry, though, if someone tried to cut you down. You’d think at that level of study that the goal would be to uplift and encourage thought rather than to conform it to regurgitating past writings.