Our Religion, Knowledge, and Identity


Were we predestined to be born into our religions? What if we discovered that we aren’t who we think we are?

Through DNA testing, a Turkish man learns his grandmother wasn’t who he thought she was, and he discovers he is ethnically Armenian. Does this new fact automatically change him from a Muslim to a Christian? An elderly devote Catholic learns her grandfather converted to Catholicism from Judaism to marry his sweetheart. Does she stop going to church every day? What would you do?

Questions about our religious upbringing and identity have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. But, mostly, I appreciate wisdom and learning the teachings of different traditions.

“For Priest Turned Professor, ‘Holy Envy’ Is Key To Appreciating World Religions” is a refreshing conversation about religion. Terry Gross interviewed Professor Barbara Brown Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest for NPR’s Fresh Air podcast. Professor Taylor wrote a memoir about how she exposed her college students to different religions — taking them to different houses of worship — and what happened. Listen to the podcast or read the article and share your thoughts here.


2 thoughts on “Our Religion, Knowledge, and Identity

  1. Hi Sheri, I like your post. My mum was Catholic, Irish Catholic, big family, and my dad Church of England, and my mum had to change religion so they could get married, her family were upset, and I know she always struggled with that. Consequently we were raised Church of England, so protestant, but when my dad passed away, my mum forbid us to go to church anymore, she was mad at god, and I think, not really have any religious place any more. She is more calm now, but it took her many many years to back inside a church. Life deals things in funny ways sometimes. Cheers! Krista

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