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I heard someone say once, "Jesus had a really bad weekend for our sins." - Julia Sweeney, Letting Go Of God

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 There is zero scientific evidence for any god that has been defined. 2 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that human reason is the only way to reach understanding with one another.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I realized that I could be wrong, but most Christians don't see that they can be wrong about the existence of their god. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I first looked into the arguments for atheism, because I realized I needed to learn.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I would be abandoning reality for fantasy.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that morality depends on religion. Sam Harris convincingly argues in his new book, The Moral Landscape, that this is a dangerous myth.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator no one.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator none.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that death is final.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator non-existent.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a freethinker.
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 I know my reasons for not believing any religion.
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 n/a

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 Nowhere and at no time.
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 mother is an occasional Buddhist. My father is a bit wishywashy on the concept of the supernatural, but generally does not subscribe to any dogma. I find my own path.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I know my reasons for not indulging in fantasy. I love the freedom.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator n/a
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator n/a

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.
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 all religions are represented equally. This will not happen except in the more enlightened schools.
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. It would be too tempting to abuse them.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Dialogue is always important. What is more so is the willingness to critize religion.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator n/a
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 n/a
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. Religion imposes on politics.
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 I see now the full danger of religion.

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Published October 11, 2010

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