The Mystics Who Discovered God’s Hiding Place.

At some point in time, how many of us haven’t wondered if God really exists? We may have even echoed the voices of those who have asked God to show us a sign, any sign, that he or she is real—that our prayers aren’t going out into an empty void, that our faith isn’t a [Read More...]

A Priest and an Atheist Walk into a Bar: A Story about Faith.

What is the nature of faith? Why do some of us believe that there is a God that watches over us and impacts our lives, while others believe we are alone in the world and left to our own devices? These are questions I have been pondering since I wrote my last Patheos story on [Read More...]

Does God have a plan for your life? Ralph Waldo Emerson has a compelling answer.

God’s plan for your life isn’t a map you see all at once, but a scroll unrolled a little at a time, requiring faith. ~Rick Warren, pastor and author In Christian circles, it’s common to believe that God has a plan for your life. It’s an idea called predestination (aka religious determinism) and, as hinted [Read More...]

Musings on God and Life from an 85-Year Old Expat Living in France.

His name is Johnny and in his daydreams we meet regularly in Washington Square Park, not far from where I work in New York City. He spent a few months in the city in 1968 and has fond memories of his visit. But, this being 2014, we actually meet online. Johnny commented on one of my Wake [Read More...]

Finding Meaning in the Silence of God.

Some books and authors try to define the nature of God and Lord knows I have tried this futile exercise myself. But in reality I believe God is undefinable, beyond our ability to be adequately explained. Albert Einstein may have described this best when he was asked to provide “the ultimate explanation of the world”. [Read More...]

It’s time to take Mark Twain back from the Atheists.

Mark Twain, famed humorist and writer of the classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is perhaps the most celebrated American author of all time. He is also a favorite of atheists and atheist Web sites, who claim Twain as one of their own. But is their faith in Twain [Read More...]

Moving away from formal religion—toward a one-to-one relationship with God.

The problem is that we have lost religion—in the deep meaning of the word. We have formal religions that contain the seeds of genuine religiousness, but they are weakened by…fundamentalism, moralism, empty ritual, misunderstood teachings and general irrelevancy. ~Thomas Moore Are you one of the millions worldwide who classify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”? [Read More...]

You already know how to talk to God. Here’s how to listen.

“Let us be silent, and we may hear the whispers of the Gods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson What do devotees of the Bhagavad Gita, Evangelical Christians and this humble Patheos Spirituality columnist have in common? We all believe in the power of a direct and personal relationship with God. For me, this personal relationship means that [Read More...]

I don’t go to church. So why did I sneak into a Thursday afternoon service?

I’m not a regular church-goer, more of a Christmas and every-third-Easter kind of guy. I prefer connecting with God in the solace of my own home and see spirituality as more of a solo venture. But on this particular Thursday, I’m breaking the rules. I decide I need to break away from an especially insane [Read More...]

Is the Bible the Word of God or a Book of Wisdom?

There is a debate going on in a Presbyterian Church near me about the future direction of the church. The senior pastor there, who I will refer to as Dan, has decided to try and steer the church onto a new path, at least partly based on the answer to this question: Is the Bible [Read More...]