Secular Symphony

Prominent secular voices invite readers into conversation around great questions

What book changed your life or worldview?

Reading Time: 6 minutes The title caught my eye between blurs of harried travelers: Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers. Sacrilege! I thought. Mustn’t look. But the red and gold cover tempted me like the devil himself. Loudspeakers announced flight numbers in monotone stability while my heart committed vertigo. I stepped closer to the display table. Blasphemy! I…

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Why are we here?

Reading Time: 8 minutes A couple of months ago, I asked my dad if he thought COVID-19 came from a lab. We were sitting across from each other in a coffee shop several blocks away from my childhood home. It had closed down within the first weeks of lockdown. Seven months later, it was open again, under new management.…