Theology

On having a “flexible faith”

I once had a high school English teacher who told the class we could argue in our term papers that Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about a cheese sandwich, and get full credit...if we could make a credible case for it, using textual and historical evidence. As far as I'm aware, no one wrote a… Continue reading On having a “flexible faith”

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Theology

We don’t need sanitized Scripture

You’ve probably seen it before: the Instagram photo of a Bible study, complete with a cup of coffee (maybe the mug has a Psalm or Proverb printed on it in swirly script) and open journal (the cover of which is probably embossed with something like “For I know the plans I have for you”). I… Continue reading We don’t need sanitized Scripture

Miscellaneous

My top reads of the summer

I normally save my book recommendations for the end of the year, but I've read so many good ones this summer, I decided to do an intermittent list. My book preferences are a mix of fiction (typically YA or suspense, especially with an unreliable narrator), theology, biography, and memoir. This summer in particular has focused… Continue reading My top reads of the summer

Theology

The biggest theological differences between Judaism and Christianity

Much of my work consists of pointing out the ways that Jews and Christians can learn from each other, based on their shared history in Scripture. Today, however, I want to point out some of the ways that the two faiths differ in their theologies. These differences go a lot deeper than simply “Jesus” and… Continue reading The biggest theological differences between Judaism and Christianity

Theology

Why progressive and conservative Christians don’t like me

I don’t fit neatly in any one spiritual box. It’s frustrating some days, but on average, I consider it a unique part of my identity that I wouldn’t want to change. It allows me to relate to and befriend all different types of people. Still, every now and then I have bad days. I hate… Continue reading Why progressive and conservative Christians don’t like me

Theology

One denomination’s truth is another’s heresy

If you’re familiar with my backstory, you’ve probably heard me say more than once that the Jewish way of studying the Bible is what ended up saving my faith – that is to say, asking hard questions of the text, wrestling with it, and being comfortable with degrees of uncertainty. The Talmud, a compilation of… Continue reading One denomination’s truth is another’s heresy

Theology

What Judaism and Christianity teach me about perseverance

While Judaism made me aware that everyone suffers, and Christianity taught me how to persevere through suffering, most of the time I really don’t suffer—I’m just uncomfortable. And the things that cause this discomfort are really kind of silly. When my stomach starts growling only an hour after breakfast, for example, both faiths remind me… Continue reading What Judaism and Christianity teach me about perseverance

Theology

Two Christian camps, two approaches to Scripture: Part II

Welcome to Part II of my Bible comparison series! In Part I, I examined a common evangelical approach to reading Scripture. Today, I tackle Peter Enns’ book The Bible Tells Me So, which represents a progressive-leaning – and dare I say Jewish – approach to reading, and interpreting, the Bible. As previously mentioned, Enns is… Continue reading Two Christian camps, two approaches to Scripture: Part II

Theology

Two Christian camps, two approaches to Scripture: Part I

For the last few weeks, I embarked on a personal project that compares two books, each one representing two strands of Christianity and their approach to reading and interpreting Scripture. The first book is Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, representing the mainstream, evangelical view. The second is The Bible Tells Me So (my… Continue reading Two Christian camps, two approaches to Scripture: Part I

Theology

When spiritual nourishment comes from two different places

Some people can be fully nourished from a bible study, singing worship songs, or just being around fellow believers. When your identity is interfaith, it's not always that simple. After several disappointing experiences with Christians, I found myself hungry for connection with the Jewish community again: a group that is more concerned about asking the right questions… Continue reading When spiritual nourishment comes from two different places