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November 27, 2018
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The Chapel and the Man Cave: Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Intellect
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Calling God Back to the Mountain
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The Sun, the Moon, and Prayer
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The Most Profoundly Religious Statement of All: “I Don’t Know”
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Lessons Learned From a Blackberry Bush
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The God of History is an Atheist
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The Lord Be With You . . .
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The A$$hole Saint
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