The Monastery

The Monastery

The layout of the monastery confuses me, as do all the archaic names. I’m looking for the building where guests take their meals. Finally, I see one of the reclusive monks a ways ahead on the gravel road. I jog, reverently as I can, till overtaking him. “Excuse me Brother, […]

Intention: an Impression

Intention: an Impression

In college I took to attending debates that pitted a Christian against an atheist. The Christian always asserted, among other things, that he knew exactly what the point of the universe was. The atheist was certain the universe had no point. The two got along terribly. It seemed to me […]

Church

Church

I went to church today with a friend. The man preaching had a good heart and worked with the poor, homeless, and addicted. He was even so humble as to share that he himself had once had a problem with addiction. Then he remarked, rather softly, that no amount of […]

Good Religion / Bad Religion

Good Religion / Bad Religion

I was at a party the other night chatting pleasantly with a young girl who was leaving for Africa to be a missionary. I kept my reservations about so-called mission-work to myself so as not to start a religious debate. Then she asked, “Who do you think Jesus was?” Not […]