The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode 30: “Does Your Dogma Bite?”

Bread and butter.  Oil and vinegar.  Religion and dogma.  Got the one, the other just seems to go right along with it.  Bread is improved by butter, oil is given life by vinegar, but religion is given what-exactly by religion?  Rules, for one thing.  Why do religions need rules to begin with and is itContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode 30: “Does Your Dogma Bite?””

The Faithiesm Project Podcast, Episode #28: “The Detour”

There’s a well-known joke: how do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans. That’s kind of how episode 28 started. Randy and I had a whole other show planned (which will now be episode 29 — name two people with whom you could share a desert island). We never got that far. Some background,Continue reading “The Faithiesm Project Podcast, Episode #28: “The Detour””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #26: “There’s A Story…”

The whole point of a spiritual journey is to discover truth.  Yours, the universe’s — and, if you’re a theist — God’s.  That journey is “our story”. And, if we find what we’re looking for, it’s natural to want to share that fact.  To, tell our story. Along the way, our stories zig and zag. Continue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #26: “There’s A Story…””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #24: “Is There Still Hope For Hope?”

In life, unfortunately, there is no “grace period”.  Sorry if you needed time to “stretch out” first.  All stats are official.  And, no, there are no Mulligans.  Not on this golf course.  To their credit (and to the credit of their discipline), Team Biden pointed only once to the empty cupboard they were forced toContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #24: “Is There Still Hope For Hope?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast #23: “America — Sink Or Swim?”

America feels increasingly like a powder keg, its fuse lit.  It’s making it hard to have conversations about spirituality — our preference here at the Faitheism Project Podcast.  But, perhaps spirituality (at the end of the day) will be our, um, “salvation”.  Perhaps spirituality (unblemished by dogma) will be the common ground that gives usContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast #23: “America — Sink Or Swim?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #22: “Of Elections & Madness — What Time Is Is, America?”

This week has been like no other in American history.  Wednesday January 6 was like no other day in American history.  We did not acquit  ourselves admirably.  Trump’s election, his presidency — even the end of his presidency continues to expose things about America that aren’t very flattering.  We keep saying this isn’t who we are. Continue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #22: “Of Elections & Madness — What Time Is Is, America?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #21: “Was 2020 An Annus Horribilis Or The Annus Horribilest?”

One couldn’t be faulted for looking back at 2020 and thinking “What in hell’s name was that?  Betcha none of 2020’s “big events” were on anyone’s Bingo card — a worldwide pandemic… a never-ending election trauma here in America… Racism and bigotry run amok… An economy in free fall.  If we weren’t living through it,Continue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #21: “Was 2020 An Annus Horribilis Or The Annus Horribilest?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #20: “Can An Atheist Experience Grace?”

Hopefully, this moment from our recent past, is familiar. President Barack Obama singing “Amazing Grace” captured something essential about grace itself.  And what it is.  From all appearances, grace is a thing to be wanted.  We should all aspire to live in “a state of grace” if by “a state of grace” we mean… ahContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #20: “Can An Atheist Experience Grace?””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #19: “Confessions About Confession”

Unless you grew up Catholic (which neither Randy or I did), the idea of confession seems strange.  Not confessing itself — Randy and I both advocate for taking full personal responsibility for your actions — but the method by which any person “comes clean”.  As a movie writer, I love confession booths.  Since there’s onlyContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #19: “Confessions About Confession””

The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #18: “Three Songs, One Book”

In a way, our podcast is “How To Have A Conversation With People With Whom You Fundamentally Disagree” lessons.   Note — this title should never appear in the “For Dummies” series.  Dummies are people who can’t get past their fundamental differences in order just to talk to each other.  At some point, that inabilityContinue reading “The Faitheism Project Podcast, Episode #18: “Three Songs, One Book””