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“Why believe in god when the truth is so much more beautiful and life affirming... Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. Because the elements, the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today.” -Lawrence M. Krauss

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That everything in existence is a miracle of science. That the universe is bigger than us, not created for us, and that we are lucky to be a part of it. I believe our minds are an amazing gift, born from incredible, staggering odds. Therefore, every life is priceless and worth protecting, and without superstition I believe that goal can be reached. 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I let go of the fear of doubt. When I accepted that religion was not answering the questions I needed answers to, when I let myself take that deep breath in and I let go of faith and walked on my own two legs for the first time. It took many, many years to embrace the feelings I had since early childhood; there isn't a god, and it's okay. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Since acknowledging my disbelief in any god, there has been no doubt. Perhaps the lingering fear ingrained into all those who are raised in the evangelical church, but never any true doubt. 1 person liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am free to explore the amazing world around us! For so many years I took knowlege for granted. I did not care how the earth was made according to the evidence, god made it! I did not care about the fossil record, science was simply using it as a tool to make us doubt. Never did the cosmos interest me, for what more should I focus on than god? Now I can see the unbelievable workings of nature and space and oh, it is so much more life affirming than any faith I have encountered. 1 person liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That we worship the devil. There is no devil, there are no demons, there are no angels or ghosts or anything 'supernatural'. We do not want to stop anyone from believing their faith and are only opposed to religion when it is pushed on us through the government and local laws. Religious people are free to practice their beliefs, we would like to be free to not practice. 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I do not experience spirituality any longer, so I do not have one. 1 person 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 It is so free! Not the freedom fanatic religious people would have you believe; atheists do not feel more free to commit negative acts, if anything we are less inclined as we have no 'savior' to fix it. You are responsible for your own actions. You are also free to explore everything around you, it's as if you see everything as it really is for the first time. You are free to accept that we are not a mistake, not a mishap of an explosion, but amazing creatures who beat all statistical odds to be here as we are, and that is amazing. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That the earth was made in seven days. I believed Jesus was the son of god, I believed he died on a cross for our sins and through his blood we would be made clean. I believed in the literal translation of the bible. I spent years as a missionary and dedicated most of my life to serving god. 1 person liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Epic. So deep was my faith that I was considered a radical. You could find me outside abortion clinics, in youth prisons, praying at the flagpole, working with orphans in Russia, you name it. I was a die-hard born-again Christian and nothing anyone could say would change that. It took many years of really looking into my faith, after I left home, for the extremely slow and very emotional enlightenment of atheism. I tried Buddhism, Bahia, Islam, etc. They were all as empty as the last. It took two years to stop calling myself a Christian and begin identifying myself as agnostic. It would be another three before I called myself an atheist and life has never been so good. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator An evangelical Christian 1 person 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 parents are still firm believers and it is a point of distress for them that I am not. 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 Becoming a parent started my new journey in my faith. I did not want to teach my daughter the hate the church taught me, all wrapped in a blanket of pseudo-love. When she was born I began to really look at what I believed and it led me to reality. 1 person 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 I do not practice atheism. In fact, I only ever think about atheism when a religious person asks me or my legal rights are being tread upon by the religious. 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 Outside of my core family, yes, most of my extended family are Christian church goers. When in their homes we are respectfully silent during prayer, but we do not participate. 1 person 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 Only when it comes to politics is it difficult to be an atheist. I do not encounter any issues in my day-to-day life. 1 person 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 The bookshelf. 1 person liked this
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 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 None. America is a melting pot filled with many faiths. We should all be allowed the freedom to practice our beliefs to the limit of infringing on another's liberties. 1 person 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 Yes! Absolutely we need to educate our youth about the many religions of the world. To understand other faiths is the first step in working together to solve our differences. 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 In a class concerning world religions, or purely in a literary sense. 1 person liked this

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