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"Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?" Euthyphro's Dilemma

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 don't imagine god at all. 2 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator there are no gods. No Zeus. No Jehovah. No Thor. No Flying Spaghetti Monster. Not even Cthulu. 2 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I asked god for help, and heard...nothing. I continued to seek, and continued to hear...nothing. I continued to look for him and saw...nothing. Lo, I stood at the door and knocked...and there was no answer. 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 That it is without ethics and morals. 3 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 The focus on reason and evidence. 2 people liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in God and Jesus, because that's how I was raised.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Long, and always bending towards disbelief.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A United Methodist.
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 Yes. Well, different than my mother's. She believes. I harbor a secret suspicion my father did not, but he still attended church.
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 Our child is being raised in the church, and that's fine by me. She can come to her own conclusions. I won't force my path on her. After all, it's easier in America to be a believer.

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 practice my disbelief fully wholly and completely, every second of every moment of every day. 1 person 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 Spouse takes the child to church. I don't go. Pretty much as simple as that.
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 easy to be a disbeliever. As long as one doesn't engage in anything requiring a public face. Like, say, politics. 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 Jonathon Miller's "A Rough History of Disbelief." Or Dawkins "The God Delusion." 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 It's silly to think a person's belief in god or in reason won't inform their politics. But political life in a polytheistic society should be assiduously non-religious. 2 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 Comparative religion is fine, as an elective. 1 person 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 I think that's perfectly acceptable. Again, as an elective. 1 person 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 No. For too many people, "atheist" means "satanist," when it really means "I don't believe in a god." 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 Because of my *morals* and *ethics,* I have chosen to work at a non-profit responsible for providing basic needs. My *morals* and *ethics* suggest I have a *duty* to do something worthwhile during my brief sojourn on this little rock. Faith's got nothin' to do with it. (If more people put what they say their faith teaches in action, the world would be a better place. Certainly my community would.) 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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