My Rocky Spiritual Journey

You don't have to be a big believer to find something interesting to read here. You'll find excerpts from the spiritual journeys of people I've met on the religion beat as well as my thoughts on the Big Questions -- and updates on my prize-winning book, "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith."

Book Openers: Why Are All Those Catholics – So Darned Catholic?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall What is at the heart of Catholicism? What makes all those Catholics so tenaciously Catholic? The Rev. Robert Barron would … [Read more...]

The Hagia Sophia: Where Christianity and Islam Coexist — and Clash

By Barbara Falconer Newhall As a religion writer, I've got plenty of respect for Islam as well as for the many (friendly, smart, lovable, cool, … [Read more...]

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder – But What If There’s No Beholder?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Something big and white and cloudy was lurking in the steep canyon below our house. I stood up from my computer and peered … [Read more...]

A Case of the Human Condition: The Center of the Universe? It’s a Little Beach in Michigan, of Course

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, August 9, 1987 Up in Siskiyou mountain country, in the northwest corner of California, there is a spot … [Read more...]

A Case of the Human Condition: Build a Wind Farm — Wreck Lake Michigan

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I saw the map and burst into tears. It broke my heart. Windmills, a hundred square miles of them, are being proposed for … [Read more...]