It was almost midnight when I parked my car in front of the low plain building. Clearly there were no meaningful zoning regulations in this neighborhood where an Islamic elementary school backed onto the yard of an auto body shop. The Muslims were not complaining — after all, it was a regulatory vacuum in this […]
Katy Payne is the kind of person I love to interview. For starters, she is warm and delightful, wise and instructive, about things I had never pondered before. And though eminent in her field of “acoustic biology,” she is not a famous name. She is a practicing Quaker and a student of the spiritual philosophy […]
What does Mormon theology teach at its orthodox core about the nature of God and Jesus? What are the spiritual underpinnings of the Mormon way of community and family? How does a devout Mormon scholar honor Joseph Smith as a prophet and make sense of the controversies about his teachings?
I’ve been following Doug Johnston’s work for a decade, ever since I read his 1994 book, Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft. Remember, this was well before 9/11 thrust religion to the fore of international relations at the highest level. In the mid-1990s I attended a regional Council on Foreign Relations meeting at which Johnston […]
What is faith? What is religion? What is spirituality? Each of these words is difficult for some of us and richly meaningful for others. Together they describe an aspect of human experience that has taken our age by surprise. I want to explore this surprise in all its complexity and variety, and to set our common encounter with it on a new footing. An excerpt from the first chapter of Speaking of Faith.