The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 9: “Is It A Bad Time To Be A Good Samaritan?”

Samaritans are good guys plus a little extra. They’re good guys when even good guys waver. At least, that’s how they’re depicted in the parable from whence our whole notion of “Samaritans” comes. Parables are short, direct stories – fiction – meant to make a moral or religious point. They’re fables – except fables haveContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 9: “Is It A Bad Time To Be A Good Samaritan?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Season 2, Episode 8: “Losing My Religion”

Maybe the best two songs (they’re the first two that race to mind) about how painful love can be are Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and REM’s “Losing My Religion”. What’s interesting is that both express the nothing-else-quite-like-it pain of romantic loss as a kind of religious experience. Leonard Cohen gives love the biblical potency to “cutContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Season 2, Episode 8: “Losing My Religion””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Season Two, Episode 7: “Generation Why?”

American culture completely buys into the idea that one culture owes other cultures, that, say, millennials owe baby boomers respect or that boomers owe millennials nothing. But, is that just another invention – that one group, born at a particular time owes other groups born at other times something of value? Are there even reallyContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Season Two, Episode 7: “Generation Why?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast Join The Conversation!

What is the Faitheism Project Podcast? In a nutshell, it’s a frank yet congenial conversation between a devout atheist and a Presbyterian pastor that seems impossible on paper and yet works! Despite coming from two seemingly diametric opposite places on the philosophical spectrum, atheist film & TV writer/producer A L Katz and Presbyterian Pastor RandyContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast Join The Conversation!”

The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 6: “For Ritual Or Poorer”

This episode of the Faitheism Project Podcast is kind of a bonus episode. A few episodes back, we talked about rituals and how rituals transcend religion. As Randy and I were winding down after the episode, we ended up adding a few insights that we hated leaving on the cutting room floor. We think ofContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 6: “For Ritual Or Poorer””

The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 5: “Future Shocked”

A few podcasts back, Randy and I invited our sons Tristan and Lucas to join us for a conversation about where they, two Gen-Z-ers, see themselves and the state of the world today. It was a robust and intensely philosophical back and forth. We all thought of it as an appetizer. In this podcast, TristanContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 5: “Future Shocked””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Season 2, Episode 4: “Is There A War On Christmas?”

We know – because it gets hauled out of storage every year along with the lights and tree ornaments – what Christmas means to those who practice Christianity and to those who follow Jesus (not necessarily the same people). Plenty of Christmas songs (many, ironically, written by Jews) celebrate good tidings, good cheer and goodContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Season 2, Episode 4: “Is There A War On Christmas?””

Of Rituals, Rites And Wrongs”

Show us a human, we’ll show you a collection of rituals. Though the word “ritual” comes to us from the Latin “ritus” (rites), what the word articulates transcends the church and even Latin itself. Human beings are suckers for having habits. Throw in a little of the sacred and even a mundane habit can becomeContinue reading “Of Rituals, Rites And Wrongs””

The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 2: “Generation Z Calling”

This one’s special. As regular listeners and readers of this podcast and blog know, Randy and I began as social friends. Our sons went to the same elementary school here in LA. They played on the same sports teams (some of which I coached). Then middle and high school and college sent everyone in differentContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast Season 2, Episode 2: “Generation Z Calling””

The Faitheism Project Podcast Season Two, Episode One: “The Conversation Continues”

There’s an excellent joke that even an atheist can get: “Q: How do you make God laugh? A: Tell him your plans”. Mel Brooks made that exact idea the theme song of his movie “The Twelve Chairs” — “Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst”. Disruption is simply one of Life’s possibilities. Disruptions happen organically:Continue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast Season Two, Episode One: “The Conversation Continues””