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We all pay a fabulous price For our visions of paradise, But a spirit with a vision Is a dream with a mission. - Rush, "Mission"

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 "I imagine God to be a multidimensional being capable of manipulating time and space and interacting in multidimensions in infinite and eternal ways and means. I cannot prove or disprove his existence, this is merely how I perceive God to be." I've become an atheist since I wrote this. I no longer believe in the existence of God, or gods, simply because there is absolutely no evidence for any god's existence. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that my beliefs are constantly morphing into new beliefs as my life journey and experiences progress. 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "I'm still waiting for it. I've had a few "no atheists in foxholes" moments, but I guess everyone has those." My most powerful moment of belief, or in my case disbelief, was the day I realized that I was really an atheist. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "I can't really say I've had a great moment of doubt. However, I've had many little moments of doubt that have added up.' They added up, all right - I'm now an atheist!
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Communing with the Higher Order in our universe. On our own time and space." My spiritual life now consists of learning about and admiring that diversity and complexity of our material universe. I do not commune with any "Higher Order", since none exists.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Because I am a thinking individual with my own beliefs and opinions, that I'm a "bad person and I'll go to hell". Luckily, I've trained myself over the years to recognize BS when I see and hear it." None of it exists. There's no heaven and there's no hell. 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have no spiritual role model. None is needed.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator How they're willing to help us out when we need help.

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 everything the Roman Catholic Church taught us. I was a child, how could I be expected to do otherwise?
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "A long and winding road filled with all the experiences, hopes, fears, wrong turns, mistakes, and correct moves a human being can possibly make. It's a journey that's never-ending. But it's not about the destination, it's about the journey." Since I wrote this the journey has been transformed. My journey is now guided by logic and reason and not by myths and superstitions. I'm far better off and happier for it. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A French-Canadian Roman Catholic who lived through Vatican II, the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, the Hippies, and everything that has happened since the 50s and 60s.
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 Our generation did not fall for the same line from the Catholic Church that our parents did. As a rule we reject the fear and guilt the Church hammered into our parents' hearts and minds. We reserve the right to think for ourselves. For example, in matters of marriage and human sexuality we feel that the Church can teach us nothing, for the simple fact that the priesthood is an unmarried priesthood and has no first-hand experience in these matters.
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 Yes it did. I made damn sure I taught my children that the most important thing is to QUESTION AUTHORITY, no matter who it is, and to always and in all ways be free, inquiring, and critical thinkers. And not to fall for any BS!

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 "What does "practice your faith" mean, anyways? If it means prayer and worship, then usually in a church or when communing with nature. If it means applying the principles behind faith, then anywhere at anytime." I no longer "practice my faith", since as an atheist I no longer practice any faith. My life is no longer faith-based, it's now based on logic and reason.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "It's very difficult for me to live my faith. I was born and brought up Catholic, and now I disagree with much of Catholicism's tenets. I don't enjoy attending Mass on Sundays, it's boring and repetitious, and completely devoid of passion. It feels like going through the motions. I feel much more religious walking in the woods, communing with God in his creation. I also hate how in the Catholic Church the emphasis is on sin. It makes people feel dirty, and that is plain wrong. Sin is between God and man, and I feel no religion should come between God and man." I still agree with the gist of this statement, but the reality of it is that since God does not exist, then sin also does not exist.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Probably my collection of books I've collected over the years, books of faith and religious matters." I now have a good collection of atheist and freethinking books.

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 None. Time and again history has proven that religion and politics don't mix, like water and oil. Some of the most feared and evil despots in history have used religion for their own twisted purposes.
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 insofar as learning about a particular faith that one would ordinarily not be exposed to, such as Islam or Hinduism. But certainly not to "convert" or proselytize students.
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 This is more college-level material.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "My faith is private. I discuss it with my immediate family but no further. I was not put on this Earth to spread it. I leave that to professionals. My faith is private. End of discussion." I now do discuss my atheism with family members, but only if asked.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Only if you let it.
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 has had little impact on my thoughts about religion, but it, and subsequent events since, has changed my political thinking tremendously. I now think the USA is the primary source of all the major problems in the world today, due to its imperialism, militarism, complete lack of concern for its own citizens, and pure, naked greed. And as long as America practices empire and refuses to change its ways I will never become an American citizen." My feelings about this have not changed in the 6 years since I wrote this.

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