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Ayahuasca and the high of Easter

In the jungles of Peru lies a concoction of vines and other plants that has caught the curiosity of spiritual seekers across the globe. The mixture, known as ayahuasca, is a hallucinogen that is consumed by drinking a thick sludge. Traditionally shamans are present to accompany the seeker in their…  [more]

Learning from silence during Sign Language Week

Graham Turner, a colleague of mine at Heriot-Watt University, recently gave his entire department the silent treatment. No, it wasn’t a hissy fit or an academic version of artistic temperament. It was part of the British Deaf Association’s Sign Language Week. In a show of solidarity with the deaf community,…  [more]

Why antigay laws are poor Christian health policy

This is a transcript of a radio address broadcast for the Center for Public Justice on KDCR radio in Sioux Center, Iowa. At least since the Reformation, Christian thinkers have devoted a lot of attention to the idea of vocation. Martin Luther was among the first to apply this concept…  [more]

Deity as commodity in Foreign Gods, Inc.

Okey Ndibe’s novel Foreign Gods, Inc. is the tragicomic journey of a New York cabdriver named Ike - a Nigerian immigrant desperate for wealth and willing to steal and sell his home village’s war deity statue in order to get it. Ike’s plan is risky, reckless and culturally disrespectful; it…  [more]

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