Posts Categorized: You can call me faithless

Overheard at Lunch

“So, Easter, last weekend, did you listen to the Matthäus-Passion?” “No, but I did listen to Jeanny” And in my head, the following scene played out: And so it came to pass that on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, Jeanny went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices she… Read more »

First Lines: De schrift betwist

The first time I read Maarten ’t Hart’s De schrift betwist (a bundling of Wie God verlaat heeft niets te vrezen and De bril van God, two earlier bundles of critical essays on the bible, first published as a monthly column in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad) was in 2006, before I started doing these First… Read more »

An Inconvienent Day for Respect II

We are facing the same problem we had six years ago: May 4, the national Remembrance of the victims of World War II, is a Sunday. Back then, when I was still able to get pretty worked up about religious silliness, I wrote about how the city of Staphorst moved the ceremony to May 3rd,… Read more »

Citaat van de dag

In de comments van een kant nog wal rakend artikel in Trouw, over atheïsme, ongeloof, antireligie, de sociale context daarvan, waarom je dat niet op een grote hoop moet gooien (maar wat het stuk daarna wel doet) en de bizarre aanname dat geenstijlreaguurders überhaupt ergens representatief voor zijn: [Atheïsme] is geen geloof. Het is een… Read more »

Quote of the Day: Pope

Just so you know: I’ve made a resolution not to badmouth the new pope.* It’s not as if he had much choice, Divine guidance and all that. (Of course, this does not exempt the organization he’s now head shepherd of from criticism.) Also: With all this excitement about electing the new pope, I almost totally… Read more »