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"Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around." - Penn Jilette (of Penn & Teller)

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't believe in God. I imagine God to be something people made up a long time ago, before they knew as much as we know now through science. 4 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe in the power of nature, and the human mind. Anything we accomplish, we did so through our own hard work; not because someone else worked a miracle for us. I believe that people who think God did it, instead of them, are belittling themselves, and that's a real shame. 3 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Still going by what I stated is my belief above: After I lost my left leg in an accident, I pushed myself forward, to get back to where I was before (or at least as far as I could get to there). I know that I accomplished this on my own. I had support from family and friends, but still I did this. No one else did it for me. 2 people liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I've never really doubted my disbelief in any god. I did once wonder what came before the "big bang" and where that came from. But to say it must've had some kind of maker never came to my mind. Because then you would have to ask "who made this maker? And who made whoever made the maker? etc etc". I'm sure there is a scientific explanation. Whether or not it will ever be found doesn't really matter. 2 people liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I'm very empathic. I think that can count as spiritual in a sense, that I know that others have feelings, and that I can imagine what they feel like, so I wouldn't want to hurt someone else, seeing as I would instantly imagine what it does to them, and that would hurt me. I don't claim to be able to actually read their minds/feelings. It's more a "what would I feel, if it were me?" thing. 2 people liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religious people tend to think Atheists worship the devil. That's rubbish. We don't believe in the devil either. Also, we tend to get grouped in with not so nice people, who just happened to be Atheists too (and no, Hitler wasn't one of them - he was Catholic and believed in God), although their actions had nothing to do with them being Atheists or not. 3 people liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't really have a role model for that. I can list a lot of people whom I strongly agree with, and who I admire for their well spoken-ness and their courage to openly defend their disbelief. 2 people 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 Atheism has nothing like that. Atheists are free to think for themselves. 2 people liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As a child I believed in Santa Clause, the easter bunny, and the christ child, as my grandmother put it. When we celebrated christmas at her place, an aunt or uncle would take us for a walk, while she set up everything. Then we came back, and she told us the christ child had come and brought gifts, and we had just missed him by a minute. Growing up, I figured out the truth about all of these figures eventually, as kids do. 2 people liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I can't really remember actually believing in God, to any more extent as the "christ child" story above. I have been taken to church by my step grandparents and sent to Sunday school as well, but for me that was more a kind of art project, where we were out of the grown ups' way, much like a kindergarten for slightly bigger kids. The actual journey is something I'm still in right now. Namely "coming out" as the atheist that I've been for as long as I can remember. So far I have come out to my mother and my sister. But I still have a long way to go. 2 people liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My mother raised me without getting into religion. I got that all from my grandmother and step grandparents. So I guess I could say I was raised partially agnostic, partially Catholic (on my grandmother's side) and partially protestant (on my step grandparents' side). 2 people liked this
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 agnostic (she does still tend a bit toward the "watchmaker" theory, but isn't sure). My father is religious but not practicing. My grandmother and step grandparents are practicing religious. Same went (maybe even still goes) for my Stepfather, who is still in jail for sexually abusing me as a child. I think my one sister is agnostic as well. As far as I know right now (can't know for sure until I've come out as an atheist to everyone in my family), my sister and I are the only atheists in my family. 2 people liked this
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 I have no children yet. When I do, I will neither indoctrinate them with religion, nor with atheism. My mother did it right, I think, by just not bringing it up and letting us choose for ourselves. My children would get plenty of religious coverage from my grandparents and my half-brothers. They can decide for themselves then, what they feel is right. Of course I can only hope they choose wisely. 2 people liked this

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 Atheists don't have any practices like that. This makes it easier to just enjoy each day and live it to the fullest, without having to pause for traditional rituals. 2 people liked this
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 I don't participate in any of them. 2 people liked this
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is difficult for me to find the courage to come out as an atheist to my grandmother, since she will probably get so upset, that it will make her ill. She gets ill over nearly everything that upsets her. So I don't want to cause anything like that to happen. On the other hand, it is very hard for me to keep it all inside, and hide my non-faith. I'm also not sure how my father and half-siblings will react. 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 Richard Dawkins book, an "A" lapel pin and my computer wallpaper. 2 people liked this
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Book: "The God Delusion" - Richard Dawkins ~ Song: "If You Open Your Mind Too Much, Your Brain Will Fall Out (Take My Wife)" - Tim Minchin
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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 and politics need to be kept separate. 3 people 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 I think, for a historical purpose, kind of like teaching about Greek mythology, it would be fine. But not as a form of indoctrination. 3 people liked this
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 Only as fictional literature. 3 people liked this
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It's always important to share one's views with one another. It's only social to do so. 2 people liked this
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I feel comfortable online. Offline, I haven't found anyone yet, other than my mother, who would not become too upset to hold a normal conversation. 2 people 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 There are not dutiful actions an atheist has to fulfill. Being kind to others is natural. 2 people liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't really follow politics enough to be able to know, but I can make an educated guess, that it goes both ways. 1 person liked this
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 is an example of how religion can dangerously corrupt an impressionable person's mind into doing something horrible. 3 people liked this

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