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Through the biblical story of a son’s sacrifice, Michael Eric Dyson says there’s a powerful lesson about our own tests and how we abuse them. An exploration of corporal punishment of children, a broader view of truth, and the perils of biblical literalism.
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Why are atheism and agnosticism on the rise? And what does it take to go against your family’s faith? Three young atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church.
Three young Muslim-Americans — Kamran, Tasneem, and Zahra — struggle to reconcile their “Muslim” and “American” identities. Why don’t we hear more of this in the media?
On Being partners with The Takeaway to explore the deep questions of people’s changing relationship with religion and faith in the U.S. as part of their series “Young Nation Under God?”
A video that will inspire you to think more deeply about your place in the universe.
A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.
Morrie Schwartz makes sense of it all while tomatoes are flying.
Yosemite meets Saarschleife in this pairing of German wilderness and poignant words from John Muir.
A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.
The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it’s a practice of meditation.
Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.
Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered “liberal” simply because he doesn’t fit into “conservative” categories.
There’s more than meets the eye in this photo. Stop and peer beneath the surface.
Every so often, Krista’s interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.
A video that serves as a humorous indictment of our addiction to technology and lack of connection with others.
Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.
Shifts in the U.S.’ ethnic composition are portentous for religious institutions, communities, loyalties, and identities. The white majority, says Martin Marty, can kvetch or use it as an opportunity to reassess religious commitment.
With his “heart full to bursting,” Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.
Take this mystical aural hike into the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park to One Square Inch of Silence — and experience the chirping twitter of the Western wren and the haunting call of the Roosevelt elk.
A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.
Wisdom from a late elder to an overwhelming outpouring of stories from people in response to Joy Ladin’s transgender experiences. And, photos of Turkish bovine, local deluges, and Krista’s most commonly asked question to guests.
Recapping a week of touching tributes to mothers, appreciating electricity, and learning to be bored in order to create.
Watch Stephen Colbert’s moving tribute to his mother, offering insights into his mother’s Roman Catholic faith and her deeply held values of gratitude, family, and fun.
The most populous Muslim country in the world offers a lens into the complexity of sharia and why compassion may be at the core of its implementation.
In this photo essay, Joy Ladin reflects on how gender is a covenant she has broken “with others and a covenant with myself.”
Changes are afoot at On Being. A brief behind-the-scenes tour as we look for new creative space.