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(The Bible)is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies. - Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain

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 As a mythological figure, like Jupiter or Odin. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that the universe operates according to natural laws, without the help of supernatural agents. 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator undetectable. I believed as a child because that is what I was taught, not because of any feeling within me.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I was watching a documentary about the NAZI holocaust when I was fifteen years old. I saw the pictures little children drew on the walls inside their concentration camp pens before they were taken out, gassed and incinerated. I realized then that the concept of a merciful god who cared about human affairs was ridiculous. 2 people liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator nothing. I do not have—or miss—one.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that my life is somehow incomplete without superstition. 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Christopher Hitchens. 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the refusal to believe anything without testable, verifiable evidence.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in Protestant Christan dogma.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Lutheran.
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 parents were believers. I am not.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. I raised my daughter to be agnostic, and she remains so.

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 no faith to practice. I practice rational skepticism, instead.
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 The non-believers do not discuss the subject with the believers: it leads to hurt feelings.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In many circumstances, especially business, I must conceal the fact that I am a non-believer or suffer negative consequences. To hide one's true feelings is difficult and uncomfortable. 2 people liked this
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a framed picture of Charles Darwin.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan

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 Religion should stay apart from politics. 1 person liked this
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 Only if the courses include the writings of atheist and agnostic critics of religion, and no one brand of religion (e. g., Christianity) dominates the study.
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 Yes, so long as the "as works of literature" restriction is carefully observed. 1 person liked this
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. One superstition in dialogue with another is pointless.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Not usually. Many people react with fear, pity or derision when I reveal my lack of faith. 1 person liked this
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 I feel it is my duty to resist the collusion of government with religion. I support watchdog organizations such as the ACLU and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Not mine; I don't have any.
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 9/11 was just another illustration of the kind of hatred and violence religion can produce. It was truly a "Faith-Based Initiative". 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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