Allison van Tilborgh
Scholar of Communication and Religion. Editor of Interfaith Now on Medium. Amateur conversationalist.
Why Did Greece Birth Democracy?
It was 101 degrees Fahrenheit outside. I spent my final day walking around Athens alone, visiting the Byzantine and Christian Museum and various ruins such as Aristotle’s Lyceum (where the Peripatetic School was founded in 335 BC).
Dating Outside My Faith Changed Me
Faith has been at the forefront of most of my relationships, though it never seemed to be a deal-breaker. I’ve become romantically entangled (dating or not) with individuals across the spectrum: Catholic, Evangelical, Secular Jew, Conservative Jew, Sunni Muslim, Agnostic—you name it.
I’m Not Jewish, But I Eat Kosher
I vividly remember the last time I ate a pork chop. I had flown to Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit some friends. I always looked forward to their stepmom's cooking. She was raised in a Pennsylvanian Amish family, which meant she inherited lots of amazing scratch recipes from her mom and grandmother. Since I flew from Florida to Tennessee to visit them a lot, I had the pleasure of enjoying many of these meals. The pork chop filled most of my plate, over an inch thick and glistening in fat.
The Muslim Hair-Cutting Experience
I'm sitting in a salon chair with foil layered between sections of my brown hair. With some of my surplus derived from my larger-than-normal paycheck, I decided to get blonde highlights. You know, 'treat yourself' stuff.
Does Religion Hold Us Back?
I recently had someone comment on a post I wrote where they stated that religion will soon 'evolve away' and produce a more loving, caring society in it's void. This individual accused all forms of religious expression as discriminating on the basis of factors such as sex, gender, race, and other faith.