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The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow men. -- Robert Green Ingersoll, "The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child"

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 God is the imagnined replacement parent for emotionally immature adults. Belief in a god is a therapy for unresolved dependency issues from the early childhood period of development.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in the power of the human mind to overcome psychological misconceptions and emotional addictions to imagined gods. I put my faith in Humans and Secular Humanism.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The time when I had the courage to say to my self - god is an illusion, a false claim. My parents, church, society are wrong about this claim. I became liberated from the intellectual prison of "relitious belief and the embarassement of faith.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The time when I had the courage to say to my self - god is an illusion, a false claim. My parents, church, society are wrong about this claim. I became liberated from the intellectual prison of "relitious belief and the embarassement of faith.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I read the book: Atheism: The case against god by George H. Smith
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is no such think as a spiritual life - there are not spirits. Psychology can explain the mis-perception of a spiritual life.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Robert G. Ingersoll,
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I do not use faith to discover or determine my ethics or principples of life.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Like most children, they believe what their parents teach them - even if they are wrong. I was raised a Methodist but did not really think about it. I was too busy in school and work and never really need the church, or God or this thing called faith. I was indefferent.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Methodist.

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 Every day.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Corliss Lamont's book: The Philosophy of Humanism

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. Seperation of Church and state. complete seperation.
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, the history of religions and all gods should be taught in school.
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 Only for a small part. They should be treated and minor books of fables and myths. They are not worthy of a lot of time.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator YES, Why? To come to a concensus as to what is true.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely not. Religious beliefs should stay out of 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 NO. except to realize that religious fundamentalists are still the cause of great suffering in human socidties.

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Published October 11, 2010

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