For a nation of talkers and self-confessors, we are terrible when it comes to talking about God. The discourse has been co-opted by the True Believers, on one hand, and Angry Atheists on the other. What about the rest of us? - Eric Weiner
Wanted to point DB readers to a couple of opinion pieces in the NY Times I found interesting today. Earlier this week I was having lunch with my Australian friend Ellie and she shared an interesting perspective about how we in America have mixed politics and religion in a way that wasn't recognizable to her or her experience of her home country. In the article Americans: Undecided About God? Eric Weiner points to this link as one of the reasons many americans are opting out of both religion and politics. The solution? He thinks someone needs to invent a new way of being religious, a sort of entrepreneurial answer that would provide space for doubt, encourage experimentation, and allow some of us an opportunity to talk about God without embarrassment. It's worth a look HERE.
Next up we go to Africa again to learn The Art of Listening. Henning Mankell looks to Africa to re-learn the art of listening and describes how many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. Take a look HERE.
image: Esther Pearl Watson