The premise: There’s so much arguing between religions, and perhaps even more within them. Wouldn’t it be good if there was some kind of religious referee, a person without any particular faith but knowledge of them, who could help sort things? Or make interesting observations as an informed, and mostly respectful, outsider? That will be me (or that’s who I will be attempting to be).
This blog is the preliminary home for a book project that will combine my first person experiences visiting these amazing places, with insights from history, theology and comparative religion. It will be primarily a travel book about these important places, but focused on exploring deep questions about history, humanity, belief, and the past and the future.
The details: I’ll be in Israel in December spending a week in Jerusalem, observing and studying some of the most famous religious sites in the world. Chapters of the book will be subjects such as “Walking The Via Dolorosa“, “Watching at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” and “Meditating at the Temple of The Mount“. This will be preliminary research and I’m not certain the book will come together, or if this rough outline will hold, but there’s only one way to find out.
I hope you’ll follow along – there will plenty of ways for you to get involved.