Theology

Judaism is declining, but Jews are not

Reform Judaism is dying, according to an article by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin in Forward. As secularism increases, the number of synagogues decrease. The same happens to churches, too, except Christians don't make up less than 1% of the population like Jews do. Jewish converts to Christianity wouldn't be nearly as controversial if not for… Continue reading Judaism is declining, but Jews are not

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Theology

It’s not easy, deconstructing

A few weeks ago I was at the car dealership after receiving a recall notice for my airbags. While waiting to collect my vehicle, I sat in the waiting area reading How Jesus Saves the World From Us by Morgan Guyton. The employee I’d talked to on the phone asked what I was reading, and… Continue reading It’s not easy, deconstructing

Social Issues, Theology

The identity I’m not obligated to explain

The other day I had an existential crisis in the Religion section of Barnes and Noble. No matter how much the doubts build up, I can’t stay away from the words of apologetic preachers and theologians. Each time I walk through those aisles, I hope my eye will catch sight of a title that will… Continue reading The identity I’m not obligated to explain

Theology

But what if I want the box?

Last year I took part in an interfaith dinner, in which all the campus religious groups cooperated and hosted an evening of food, learning, and good conversation. It was advised to write your religious affiliation under your name on your nametag, and I saw many amusing ones: “Spiritual but not religious”; “Jesus not religion”; “Don’t… Continue reading But what if I want the box?

Theology

The agnostic and the believer in my head

I remember going to my local book store as a kid, eagerly seeking books that would teach me about God. I remember the bitter disappointment I felt when, time and time again, the “Jewish” shelf contained The Diary of Anne Frank, a handful of other Holocaust books, and little else – nothing pertaining to the… Continue reading The agnostic and the believer in my head