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"The cosmos is also within us; we're made of star stuff. And we are a way that the Universe can know itself." Carl Sagan

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 need not imagine a god. I open my eyes everyday, and am greeted by the beauty of life, the complex fabric of all creatures living their life spans. I know all I need to know. I imagine no religion, and that looks beautiful to me. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That I am but one of many pieces of the mosaic of life on earth. As such, I have equal standing with all other life. None are superior, nor can they ever be. Life on earth ends for all. I accept that. But while I am here, I refuse to use 'belief' to denigrate, bully, or coerce any other living creature. 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 realized I was an atheist, and as such, I felt the most complete freedom ever, for just what I had been searching for many years. It has brought me peace of mind and serenity. 2 people liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Many many years ago, I realized that I had 'no choice' but to 'become a believer'. I was saddened, and remained so for decades.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That relief from stress is as close as the next living creature, be it a human or a plant. I'm all in this together. Freedom from fear is accessible when I connect with a kindred spirit. 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 atheists choose atheism so that they can behave in any negative way they wish, they can commit 'crimes' and not feel guilt. Atheists and agnostics live with very strong principals that guide their behavior in a humane considerate reasonable way. 2 people liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I'm not sure I have just one. There are those in history who have influenced me, with their rational and humane stance towards others. And there are those in person who I look up to, and find something about that I would like to emulate. 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 Is that anyone can believe what they want, until their belief encroaches on my freedom and well-being. 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 I did not belong here, a horrible mistake had been made. I laugh about this now. But religion was always foreign and scary to me.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator lifelong, full of incredible peaks and valleys until I rest, here, now.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I attended an episcopalian church as a child. I had a conversion experience when I was 15 that caused a lot of change and unpleasantness in my family. I influenced my siblings and a parent, along with younger friends to have the same experience. It was the tail-end of the Jesus Movement, so there were some very social times.

Religion & the Public Square

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 opened my eyes to the absolute evil of fundamentalism. Where ever it is found and practiced. 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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