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When Life Gets Murky

When Life Gets Murky

This is the fifth installment of The Best Of Series (originally published Nov. 22, 2019) Each week a few devout atheists respond to my essays. Mostly on social media rather than on the blog or via email. Some of them want to engage in a genuine way. Others are snarky...
It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

“You’ll understand when you get older.” The radio journalist and producer Chana Joffe-Walt asked some middle schoolers how they felt when their parents said this to them. Their unsurprising answer was, “Not at all!”  Many of them felt put down by it or saw it as...
Looking for Meaning

Looking for Meaning

Rebecca’s friend Rachel ran up to her with big news: “I know who the tooth fairy is.” They were in second grade.  The night before, Rachel had awakened while the tooth fairy was exchanging the tooth left under her pillow for a dollar. “It was my dad!” she said....
Every Exit Is An Entrance

Every Exit Is An Entrance

This is Part One of Four in the Series “Wondering about the Resurrection” Charlie was in the final stages of a terminal illness. His friend and pastor John Claypool asked him how he felt about dying. John reports that Charlie said something like this: “As...
The Soul Work We Need

The Soul Work We Need

Life is complicated. What we should do—or not do—is not nearly as clear as some people seem to think it is. Or as I often say, life is messy. Look, I’m not saying that there’s no such thing as good and evil. Actually, I believe the opposite. There is a universal moral...