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How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A yellow, levitating, Nerf-like ball, approximately 18 feet in circumference.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that no one knows for sure what there is after this life or if there even is something. Those that think they know definitively are confusing fact with belief.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Watching my grandmother trying to talk to me after she suffered a stroke.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Trying to do the right thing.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That I have none?
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Think for yourself.

My Faith History

My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Confusing?
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Judeo-EpiscoPresbyerMethodCathoLuthertarian
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My mother is a what I've termed a "Kennedy Catholic": she goes to church, but doesn't agree with anything that particular church has to say. My father is not religious, but once did graciously accept a King James Bible from an evangelical coworker.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have a cursory interest in theology, in all faiths, but I don't practice a particular religion. I do remember the more spiritual teachings from a Bible class at an Episcopal school I attended.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My family is mostly comprised of non-practicing Protestants and Catholics, so Easter and Christmas are acknowledged. We once attended a Christmas service at a Lutheran church my uncle attended when he was growing up.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Since I don't belong to a particular faith, it's not a problem.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have a copy of the Book of Common Prayer that I bought for a paper I was writing. I look through it every once in a while.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It should not have a role. It's a private matter based in belief and not fact, unlike politics, which, ideally, is based in fact.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator If the course were to cover all religions and their influence in the world throughout history, fine; otherwise, that's what churches, synagogues, mosques, etc. are for.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, because I think it is a subject best handled by colleges and universities.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, since all religions have the same basic "goal," they should have a deep and continual dialogue.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Depends. I like discussing in terms of "theology," but when it becomes a "pissing contest," I find religious discussions distasteful.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Only in terms of the basics, e.g., the Golden Rule.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, when they get into specific religious tenants.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religion is often used to conduct some of the worst acts human beings are capable of doing.

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Published October 11, 2010

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