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Part Four: Final thoughts

Part Four: Final thoughts
By January 7, 2008

We have spoken about love for the Bible. But let me lift up the larger aspect of this love and refer you toward the end, to one of the most beloved passages in the beloved book: I Corinthians 13, the … Read More

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Part Three: Who Owns God?

Part Three: Who Owns God?
By January 7, 2008

Ultimately, I came to learn that there are at lest three quite distinct symbol systems, or paradigms, for Christian theology coming out of the Bible. One is dominated by the idea of God as the judge, and what is going … Read More

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Part Two: How Not to Read the Bible

Part Two: How Not to Read the Bible
By January 7, 2008

In my first post, I explained the first wrong way to read the Bible; the second lesson is that the Bible is not always as deep as we think. Of course, because it is the word of God, it is … Read More

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Why I Love the Bible

Why I Love the Bible
By January 6, 2008

To give reasons for one’s love feels awkward. You might be able to give reasons for your choices, but before I fell in love with the Bible, I never went to the library to read the Holy Qur’an, or the … Read More

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I Heart Hairy Men

I Heart Hairy Men
By November 8, 2007

My earliest crush was on Shaun Cassidy. Oh, he was hot. I played that damn “Da Doo Ron Ron” song over and over, traded pictures with other Tiger Beat readers, put his toothy dimply poster on my bedroom door. And … Read More

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Communicating with the Dead

Communicating with the Dead
By October 31, 2007

Most people my age would take a trip to a village ruled by fortunetellers for its ironic value, but when I pulled up to the spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New York, I genuinely believed I would reach the ghost … Read More

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My Failed Quest for Forgiveness

My Failed Quest for Forgiveness
By September 18, 2007

Last week I fulfilled my obligation as a Jew by apologizing to eight people. Only one forgave me. Apparently I’m that much of an asshole. The rabbis tell us that we must seek forgiveness directly from people we’ve harmed. Many … Read More

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Day Five: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Five: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

I decided that I wanted a bat mitzvah when I was 20. I had been living in South Africa and spending a lot of time with Jews whose lives seemed enriched by their faith. Though I had not been raised … Read More

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