Andrew Bowen, 28, of Lumberton, N.C., is spending the 12 months of 2011 being “spiritually promiscuous,” he says with a wry sense of humor. Each month he immerses himself in a different religion, adopting its rites and rituals, learning from its prayers and scriptures, meeting with its believers and sharing what he learns with the world. Bowen calls this yearlong effort “Project Conversion.”
“Project Conversion came about because late last year I was at a point in my life where I was spending my time reading and writing about religion, but the rest of the world seemed to be up in flames about it and fighting about it so I was at a crossroads. Do I join this militant atheism to try and expunge out religion or do I try and do something about it?” said Bowen.