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Several months ago, Doug Brackenridge gave me a tour of the Trinity campus. Brackenridge, a retired Trinity professor of religion, wrote a book on the history of Trinity titled “Trinity:  A Tale of Three Cities.” When Doug and I reached the Margarite B. Parker Chapel, he explained the symbolism of the building’s north wall — the one constructed of glass. The obvious purpose behind using clear glass was to let ample light into the building....

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The room is silent, and you’re left alone with your ominous thoughts. You’re religious, so you call out to God or Allah, the Buddha’s wisdom or the Hindu deities. You trust in their greatness and for good reasoning, too; they’ve helped you navigate through the monstrous waves of life. Yet, your mental health is deteriorating, no matter how much you call out to them. It isn’t because they don’t want to help you, rather because...