Three stories of faith reveal how it is natural for us to use our brain to make meaning of our lives. What's the science behind belief? Is there a physiological explanation for why humans throughout time have developed creeds and dogma? Is it natural for us to express our values and if so, why? What does science have to say about why people turn to religion? Do humans rely on belief systems during certain times of their lives more than others? If so, why? What happens when those beliefs are challenged and deemed obsolete? Where do we turn if we no longer believe but may feel like we are hardwired to turn to religious beliefs? Click here to watch.
Are we destined to love only one person? Is there such a thing as a single Soul Mate? Or could it be that love comes in many forms and changes over time? Some people experience that evolving love with one person over a lifetime, others experience different kinds of love with different people. Reverend Nate's Valentine's sermon will reflect upon the nature of love and how it is manifested in intimate relationships.
We need not wait for some future increase in non-western religions for the United States to face the complexities of diversity, because the problem of governing pluralism has always existed and will continue into the future. What is changing is our awareness that the United States is and will continue to be a nation of religious minorities.
~ Reverend Nate is indebted to the insightful comments of those who responded to my request for feedback: Natalie Aydin, Reverend Paul Beedle, Justine Blau, Jeff Frankl, Ed Greenlee, Reverend Alex Holt, Eric Isaacson, Dan Johnson, Stephen Kramer, Linda Lord, Kate Luhr, Anne Slater, Mary Stomquist, and Dan Widyono.