By Cara Cannella 4 min read
"Lord, either let me suffer or let me die,” wrote Teresa of Ávila, the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic, writer, and saint born this week in 1515. But by basing the organization of Interior Castle, her final and best known work of spiritual autobiography, on an allusion to Jesus's statement in the Gospel of John that "My Father's house has many mansions,” she even made life easy on herself.
By Patrick Sauer 11 min read
“The Young Atheist’s Handbook” is the story of how Alom Shaha came to ditch the Koran, quit attending mosque, and grew into a thoughtful non-believer. A mixture of memoir, research, philosophy, and the ponderance of life’s big questions, the book is a clear-eyed, inquisitive, deeply humane examination of how Shaha -- and a growing number of global citizens -- came to follow the path of atheism. He joins us here for a conversation about many of the the ideas raised in the book.