Why this atheist is going to seminary

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We at NonProphet Status believe that getting smarter about religion is a crucial step in achieving greater cultural understanding. This post is written by Kristi Del Vecchio, an atheist interfaith activist who studies theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.It wasn’t until I left a religious institution that I recognized the robust social fabric woven within it.If I noticed one thing about leaving the Catholic Church, it was a large increase in free time on Sunday morning wh … [Read more...]

The Dramatic Conversion of Leah Libresco

This morning, atheist blogger and 2011 Yale graduate Leah Libresco announced on her blogging network, Patheos, that she will no longer post in the atheist section of the site. She will still be blogging, but instead as a Catholic. Several months ago, she decided to convert to Catholicism.Drastically reversing any position—particularly a public one—is a seriously daunting thing to do. Though Leah and I don’t see eye-to-eye on many philosophical issues, especially this one, I admire her integ … [Read more...]

Talking the ‘Hereafter’ With Atheists and Believers

Today's guest blogger is Nicholas Lang, an intern at Interfaith Youth Core and a senior at DePaul University. Lang co-founded the Queer Intercollegiate Alliance and is head of campus outreach for the Secular Humanist Alliance of Chicago. He's previously written for NonProphet Status about his personal journey as a queer agnostic interested in interfaith work, about Park51 and the state of American dialogue and  on the ramifications of “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Without further ado:A coupl … [Read more...]

Coming (and Being) “Out” as a Spiritual Path

Today's guest post in our ongoing series of guest contributors is a re-feature from Tikkun Daily by Jorge Cino. Jorge is Tikkun Daily’s current web editor intern and a NonProphet Status reader, and it's a total pleasure to refeature his work here. His post is in honor of National Coming Out Day, and though "spiritual" is a dirty word to some atheists, agnostics, secular humanists and other nonreligious people, it is an important and worthwhile read about coming out and how rejecting religion im … [Read more...]

Without a Prayer: My Not Very Religious Family Marks an Important Chapter

Today's entry in our series of guest posts is by Bruce Johansen, a prolific freelance writer who also happens to be my first cousin once removed! You may remember my Mom's guest post on NPS -- it's a family affair here. To that effect, Bruce offers a poignant and illuminating look into the recent memorial service for his father and the role religion did (and didn't) play in planning it. It's a real honor to share this affecting and insightful writing with you today -- thank you for sharing this … [Read more...]

Without a Prayer: My Not Very Religious Family Marks an Important Chapter

Today's entry in our series of guest posts is by Bruce Johansen, a prolific freelance writer who also happens to be my first cousin once removed! You may remember my Mom's guest post on NPS -- it's a family affair here. To that effect, Bruce offers a poignant and illuminating look into the recent memorial service for his father and the role religion did (and didn't) play in planning it. It's a real honor to share this affecting and insightful writing with you today -- thank you for sharing this … [Read more...]

Should Atheists and Christians Build Mosques?

Today's guest blog is an anonymous submission, and it wrestles with the ongoing issue of how America's diverse Muslim community is perceived and how Atheists, Christians and others might better support it. This is a truly excellent and especially important piece and I hope that all of NonProphet Status' readers will heed the below advice and encourage others to do the same. Without further ado: An American Muslim man is being interviewed about a mosque expansion, necessary for the growing local … [Read more...]

Knowing Religion, and Why It Matters

Today's guest post for our lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Josh Oxley, a Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago who is the Humanist Advisor to the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and recently started a new blog worth checking out. Like me, Josh is a former Christian who went on to pursue additional degrees studying religion; in today's post, he explains why it is so important for secular folks to enrich the dialogue around religion, become religiously literate, and move beyond … [Read more...]

Knowing Religion, and Why It Matters

Today's guest post for our lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Josh Oxley, a Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago who is the Humanist Advisor to the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and recently started a new blog worth checking out. Like me, Josh is a former Christian who went on to pursue additional degrees studying religion; in today's post, he explains why it is so important for secular folks to enrich the dialogue around religion, become religiously literate, and move beyond … [Read more...]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Atheists

Today's guest post comes from Tim Brauhn, a Catholic interfaith activist. Tim, who recently finished a year as a Fellow for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's FaithsAct anti-Malaria interfaith initiative, is a lovable weirdo. Tim was once an anti-Atheist schmuck but has since changed his tune. He shares why below:My friend Ahab is an atheist. Note: his nickname, which I was kind enough to bestow upon him, has no relation to his faith orientation, so don't go all crazy with white whale … [Read more...]


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