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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 I have no faith that God exits and have no image of God. Sometimes , just before takeoff on a flight , I will nervously ask a blessing for myself. The face I sometimes see when I close my eyes in those moments is that of John Paul II . 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator while I don't believe in God myself, I do believe that religious belief is often a necessary and on balance, beneficial aspect of the human experience. 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I've never had a "religious experience". If it should happen , as it has to some of my friends, I think it might change everything. 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Nelson Mandela, whose broad view of human possibility is inspiring. 2 people liked this

My Faith History

I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my parents were not religious, but sent us kids to the First Christian Church anyway. Later I attended the local Methodist church where my friends went, but never was baptized or joined a church. 1 person 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 My wife is a Catholic, and I was pleased to have my children raised as Catholics, with the thought that if they should one day need their faith , it would be there for them. 1 person liked this

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 is an inevitable part of the political process. Making laws is most often a codification of our moral impulses. For many people, their morality is an extension of religious beliefs. On the other hand , it is not enough to argue political issues only from one's religious beliefs, without also using broader democratic principles to make the argument.
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 proper ground rules can be worked out, courses on world religions, the bible as literature, and inclusion of religious history in broader history courses could be very helpful.
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 really, but when I ask people about their religious background and current beliefs, I always find it illuminating and the conversation deepens my understanding of them. 2 people liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator If the drive for power triumphs over the moral impulses which often compel an entry into politics, it can damage one's faith , I think.

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Published October 11, 2010

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