A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, by Corinna Nicolaou

By Corinna Nicolaou

The emerging inhabitants often called “nones” for its members’ loss of non secular association is altering American society, politics, and tradition. Many nones think in God or even stopover at locations of worship, yet they don't establish with a particular religion or belong to a non secular neighborhood. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and during this layered narrative, she describes what it truly is like for her and hundreds of thousands of others to reside with no faith or to be religious with no committing to a particular faith.

Nicolaou additionally excursions America’s significant conventional religions to determine what, if whatever, one may lack with out God. She strikes via Christianity’s denominations, studying their tenets and worshiping along their fans. She travels to l. a. to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to coach herself approximately Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. those encounters turn out the numerous position faith nonetheless performs in smooth lifestyles. in addition they exemplify the colourful dating among faith and American tradition and the long-lasting price it presents to immigrants and outsiders. even though she is still a religious none, Nicolaou’s reports exhibit issues of touch among the spiritual and the unaffiliated, suggesting nones might be appreciably revising the perform of religion in modern instances.

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Having shared spiritual nourishment from the same source, I am reluctant to leave so abruptly. I feel as if I showed up on their doorstep hungry, and they fed me. Perhaps theirs was a house about which I had heard ugly rumors, and I was a person they weren’t sure they could trust; somehow we had moved past this to see each other’s common humanity. I wonder if consuming elements that represent Jesus helps a person embody some of his characteristics. It’s not until I get home and look again at my program that I see the fine print: all communion takers are to be baptized and current on church membership.

I know in a way I am cheating myself. I endured the gloomy crucifixion only to miss the celebratory conquering of death. Part of the reason I decide to take the day off is I’m not quite sure what to think of the supernatural aspects of the Jesus story: making blind people see, feeding a crowd of thousands with a few fish, and, the biggest of all, rising from the dead. I’ve read that some modern theologians insist these events have been fabricated or embellished; the stories about Jesus were told by word of mouth over many years until they developed these fantastical elements.

Yet they embraced their new lives and celebrated them as a divine gift. By all accounts they were extremely happy together and had six children. At first I was annoyed about the book mix-up: I needed to repackage and send it back, hassle with customer service. Then I paused. Something clicked, some spark of recognition, and I promised to take note of all the goofy and insignificant things that happened along the way—even if they were ridiculous or seemed to take me backward instead of forward. I was bound to learn as much about the divine from these “failures” as I was from what I might consider the successes.

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