Joy Lin

A Superstitious Father

My dad wouldn’t take “no” for an answer when the car rental clerk told him, “I’m sorry, sir, this is the only car we have available right now.” Even though I was 10, I could feel the tension between the two. He glared at the clerk and said he would
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The Friendship behind the First Amendment

Over the past few years, various Christian organizations have sued the United States government over measures that combine sacred and secular practices — such as the provision of contraception in employee insurance plans and the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. The boundary between private religious concerns and government
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Godly Positioning System

A man is driving to a dinner party and he gets to an intersection and he doesn’t know which path to take, so he looks down at his navigation device. Except the device recently discovered religion and has since been kind of preachy. “Recalculate route,” says the driver. “Don’t follow
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Thinking Theology

As kids, we like our world to be black and white. We want good guys to don capes and bad guys to twirl mustaches. We prefer answers from our parents like “yes” and “no” instead of the far more mystifying “maybe.”
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Inventor of the laser celebrates 99th birthday on Faculty Glade

On Monday at the Faculty Glade, onlookers eagerly awaited the arrival of the day’s most important guest: Charles Townes. Cheers and applause broke out as a golf cart came into view and renowned physicist, educator and Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes made his way onto the glade — kicking off the celebration of
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The Trouble with Dogma

Two Steps Forward

This view of Christians as morally superior to others is all too common. Native Americans were slaughtered and raped by generations of European settlers. Never mind that they had lived sustainably on the land for millennia; never mind that their retaliatory violence was an attempt to protect their homes; never mind that they could have contributed so much more than maize to the settlers’ lives. They believed in animalistic nature gods and, therefore, were little better than animals themselves. The Crusades were a centuries-long bloodbath borne of the belief that everyone should be Christian. Judeo-Christian values have wrought the fruitless, zero-sum blood feud between Israel and Palestine: complete unwillingness to compromise, bolstered by years of gruesome violence on both sides, backed by each group’s unyielding belief that they are the chosen people.
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Places of worship in Berkeley for many religions

Although religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since the 1930s and recent studies show that 20 percent of Americans don’t identify with a faith, Berkeley has always nurtured an aura of religious freedom and encouraged exploration and appreciation of all theologies. As a student, you’ve likely
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Speaking truth to outrage

I had seen my grandfather do it years ago. My father did the same even more recently. I didn’t think I would ever engage in what always seemed to me a hands-off subject, but there I was, in a vehement argument about politics. It started as an uneventful high school
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Subliminal Signification

Religion, it seems, is maudlin, restrictive and imposing. We learn it as something to be tolerated, not accepted. Society rarely lifts the veil of paranoid reading on religion, and it also seems that the conversations among different communities of varying degrees and kinds of faith never quite happen.
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