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.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. 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.