I am a big fan of the music of Micah Schnabel even though he is an atheist and I am what I like to call an agno-theist or a hopeful agnostic (I do not know that there is a God but I hope that there is). In his song “Oh…


The Principia Discordia was first published in 1963 as a joke of sorts, a parody of religious texts presented as the revelation of a new religion, Discordianism. It includes a lot of humor, but is that all there is to it? Not according to the text itself, which proclaims “if…


In terms of popular culture, and more specifically entertainment, the most influential country in the world is clearly the United States. But what country could claim the title as number two? I can think of ways this could be quantified, and maybe someday I’ll break out my old statistics books…


Today is the seventh day of Passover, the last day in Israel and in the Reform tradition outside of Israel. In Orthodox tradition outside of Israel, an extra day is added to Jewish holidays (except the ones that involve a total fast like Yom Kippur, because no one wants to…


Today is Easter Sunday and the fourth day of Passover. Interestingly, although Passover and Easter usually coincide so that Easter occurs sometime during Passover, this is not always the case. The events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus, the Crucifixion itself, and the Resurrection are linked to Passover in…


I just finished reading a very good book called Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. Taylor served as an Episcopal minister for fifteen years before accepting a position teaching religion at a small Christian liberal arts college in Georgia. Through teaching a course…


Today is Friday the 13th. Sunday is March 15th, the Ides of March, another unlucky day. Does that mean tomorrow will be especially unlucky because it is sandwiched between two bad luck days?

There is a spoof horror movie called Saturday the 14th. I’ve never actually watched much of it…


Today is the 14th of Adar, which is the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim. Yesterday was the 13th of Adar and the Fast of Esther that proceeds Purim. Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people living in the Persian Empire over their enemies who wanted to destroy them, as…


Christianity is a religion of creeds. Judaism is a religion of deeds. This is an old saying. It basically means, Christians believe things. Jews do stuff. So if you, like me, have both Christian and Jewish elements in your family background, it’s not hard to be both Christian and Jewish…


Daniel Boyarin argues in his book The Jewish Gospels that the Christian doctrine of the Trinity emerged naturally out of Jewish thinking and was not imposed from outside the Jewish world by Greek Christian thinkers. …

Nik Notes

I’ve decided to try my hand at a blog. I started a Word Press site, but thought I’d post my writings on Mediums as well.

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