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Dodging Atheism, One Note at a Time

My last column traced my journey from Christianity, through agnosticism, into the Baha’i Faith. Given my attitudes towards religion during a dozen agnostic years, I’ve often considered why I didn’t become an atheist. The short answer is, I didn’t have the chutzpah to state authoritatively that the God I didn’t believe in didn’t exist. On reflection, two major influences (besides lack of chutzpah) kept me from becoming an atheist: nature and liturgical music. 

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Leonard Cohen Documentary “Hallelujah” Solidifies The Power of a Song

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” chronicles the legendary musician’s life — from his early days as a poet to his final tour and everything in between — through the lens of his most famous song. Beyond the song’s independent legend and impact on music history, the film offers a perfect example of the way Cohen’s life and work straddled the line between spiritual and sensual. 

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