Does Easter bring you more memories than Christmas?

Yes, I know that both holidays have centuries-old pre-Christian roots that were glossed over as Christianity became one of the world’s dominant religions. But, for whatever reason, Easter brings me memories of various clergy I’ve dealt with through …

Some people go to church. I go to bookstores.

Do you ever get a special feeling when you go someplace? That sense that says you’re in the right place at the right time? Where things just feel good? For some, it’s the resonance of old churches, their …

Are you using or being used by religion? Here’s how to tell.

No matter the tenets of a particular creed, I’m pretty sure we can agree that most religions incorporate two basic purposes: instilling ethics and explaining the unknown. But church leaders politic for power. Church members proselytize. The poor …

He had 2-1/2 hours to save my soul

At first, he seemed like a normal passenger, politely asking if he could sit across from me on the train. After a minute or two of the usual seatmate small talk, I went back to sightseeing from my …