Faith is an extremely personal thing.
Let me get one thing out of the way up front: I will never, and I mean NEVER, tell you that you should or should not have any kind of spiritual belief, much less religious affiliation. To lay my own cards on the table, I grew up in a family that was, as I like to say, devoutly atheistic. In fact, my dad taught me to look down on religious people, and my attitudes toward people of faith ranged from pitying and patronizing to distrustful and deeply suspicious — particularly where religion and politics mix.
I have not changed my mind as far as that last part. I still strongly believe in the last part: government has no place pushing one set of religious beliefs over another. But I have greatly softened on others. In fact, about 20 years ago, I had a conversion of sorts when I came to the decision that there was more to life than biology alone. Through a long process, I converted to Judaism.
But I still would never say that my path is the only one. Or even the best. It is the best for me — that I believe. But it may not be for you. And for others, like my parents, religion an even spirituality may not play a necessary role in their lives at all. For what it’s worth, I believe my mother is the most caring, decent and moral person I know, and she describes herself as an atheist.
For some, though, spirituality and faith are a powerful way to connect with hope. With that in mind, I’m offering these writings and resources. Again, please understand that in most cases, I’m not offering them as a follower of the faith, so even though I will do my level best to portray a belief fairly and accurately, I may get it wrong. In that case, I beg you to please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I might correct it.
Thank you for reading this wordy disclaimer! It’s my hope that you’ll find something of worth in the links below. If not … well … maybe it’ll be educational.