Book Review: Saffron Cross

I am delighted to have been given a review copy of Saffron Cross: the unlikely story of how a Christian Minister married a Hindu Monk.It's a memoir that I first heard about on Twitter and Patheos Book Club gave me the chance to review it. The book when it arrived was smaller than I expected, but it turned out to be densely packed with insight and spiritual growth. I thought I'd finish it in a day, but it took a week of solid reading! I found myself making notes and underlining … [Read more...]


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Is Christianity Peaceful? Is Peacefulness a Measure for Truthfulness?

Believing, as I do, that all religions have a core of peace and love for all humanity, I asked some people of Christian and Muslim faith to talk to me about the ways in which those religions encourage peace. Not everyone agreed with my conclusion! David French wrote a post in response to my question to say that it was wrong to equate the amount a religion is peaceful with how true it is.He says Christianity is not a religion of peace. That surprised me! From what I've heard about Jesus he … [Read more...]


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What I Don’t Get About Christianity

The comments on my Christmas post are getting to me. I'll tell you why I'm offended: because I have a close connection with God. I feel God with me in every moment of my life and Christians like Avi do not think that's possible because they have an exclusive "in" with God. They think they have to pray on my behalf (God: "I was going to send Ambaa to hell for all eternity, but I guess if you say she's all right, I'll show her some grace.") They think that I'm missing out on some profound … [Read more...]


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Did I Start as a Christian?

Sometimes in life we see things really simplified. But rarely are things actually that simple.When we hear about someone who isn't Indian, who grew up in America, and is now practicing Hinduism, our first thought is that person must have started out Christian or Jewish. We tend to think of the world divided between east and west and the west is all Christian and Jewish while the east is all Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist.But of course, we know that's not true.There are Indians who have … [Read more...]


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