Games, Religion, and Walking Between Worlds

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I’m the middle of a fascinating book called Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. Author Joseph Laycock explores, with great detail and insight, the parallel worlds of role-playing games and religion. For three decades, role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons were at the center of […]

Shame, Sociopaths, and Extremists: Exploring the Odd World of Jon Ronson

I consider reading one of the greatest pleasures that life can afford, especially when I discover an author who teaches, delights, and makes me a better human being. Jon Ronson is one such writer, and I’ve spent the summer devouring all of his books. I thought I would share 12 of the strange, beautiful, or […]

Replacing Outrage With Curiosity

I recently read Jon Ronson’s powerful book So You’ve Been Publically Shamed – an exploration of how the internet has become an incredibly unsafe place, and how public shaming online destroys lives offline. The culprits, he says, are us – good, well intentioned, and usually smart people who pile on, mock, and ridicule anyone who challenges our […]

Conversion on the Road to the Rainbow: An Interview With Michael Coren

In 2014, Michael Coren – the conservative Catholic columnist, television personality and bestselling author – made international waves by coming out in support of gay marriage and leaving the Roman Catholic church. Earlier this year, he published Epiphany: A Christian’s Change of Heart and Mind Over Same-Sex Marriage. I found his book heartfelt, beautiful, and […]

Exploring The Bible, Gender, and Sexuality, Part One

Last year, I read an extraordinary book by James Brownson called Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships. I found it personally cathartic in my own journey as a gay Christian, as it helped me sort through some major theological questions I had at the time, but I also found it to […]

Exploring Religious Blindness

Somewhat by accident, this month turned into an exploration of religious abuse and blindness. I found myself reading, watching, and generally thinking about the abuses of religion. An important note: the title of this post is “exploring religious blindness,” not “the blindness of religion.” Unlike many, I don’t believe that all religion is blind and […]