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Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.

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 any being that one would consider a higher power. The god doesn't necessarily have to be a creator, it could simply be a nature spirit or something akin to the ancient Greek and Roman gods. All of those things could be god.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that there has never been any evidence suggesting the existence of a god (any god, not just the Christian God), and that there has never been a sufficient philosophical argument proving a god's existence. All gods, and all faiths fall before rational thought and empirical evidence. Science has given us all the tools and the knowledge to understand the world around us without the need for the supernatural, and there is a grandeur to seeing the world in that way. 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 read Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion". Even though I was already a non-believer, the power and rationality of the arguments in that book really helped my beliefs concerning god and religion to stand strong in my mind.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator every day. The rational world runs on doubt and skepticism, much like a car runs on gasoline. I doubt my beliefs everyday when I sit in lecture and listen to the advanced biomechanisms that cause a cell to perform its duties, and am skeptical of things that I read or think about that I agree with. In the end, though, my rationality wins out.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't have a spiritual life. To have such a life would require there to be a spirit, or something existing beyond the natural world and the physical body. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no evidence for this. I live my life here in the real world, and I enjoy every day I am alive.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that atheists claim there is no god. What atheists believe is that there is no evidence for the theists' claim and so we must reject that claim. We do not believe there is no god, we simply lack the belief that there is one.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator no one, I don't have any "spiritual" role models. However, I look up to are people like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris, Isaac Asimov, and other famous freethinkers and scientists.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that there aren't any. I am free to think what I want to think and am not constricted to faith, an institution, or dogma.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator nothing. I was not born into any religion or non-religion, so I had the fortune to be left to my own devices. Ultimately, I came up with atheism.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator relatively straightforward. Once again, ignoring the "spiritual" part, every day I learn something new in lecture or hear a new argument (from either side) that reinforces me. Every day I see more and more the irrationality of faith and religion.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a nothing. My parents were not religious (they may have been spiritual, but I never heard anything about it). The rest of my family (dad's side) is Methodist, however, so I received some religious interaction when I was young through prayer circles before meals, etc.
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 beliefs are very different from my parents, mostly because I don't know what it is specifically they believe. Neither are religious, and I could say my mom is at least some what spiritual, but my dad gives no indication as to what he believes.

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 don't practice any faith. I consider that a luxury.
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 dad's family is almost entirely Methodist, and my mom's side is all from the south so you can guess what they believe. I don't blend any of those traditions, however.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is extremely easy to live with my views. I'm not bound to any strict set of rules; I'm free to develop my own sense of right and wrong based on facts, not faith. It makes life much more enjoyable when you don't have an invisible sky daddy watching you.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My expansive new atheist book collection.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Violator, by Machinae Supremacy

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 Religion doesn't have a role in politics. When religion intertwines with politics, the rights of those who don't agree are in serious danger.
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 Absolutely! Religion is one of the most interesting things to study on the planet (apart from, of course, my major Molecular Biology). It belongs in the philosophy class, along with other philosophies. Where it doesn't belong, however, is in the science class.
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 Once again, absolutely! The Bible, Torah, and Qu'ran are all amazing pieces of literature when you get rid of the myth and the religion surrounding them. They are a good source of the mythologies of an ancient culture, like Homer's "Odyssey" and others.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Interfaith dialogue is ideal, because otherwise extremists on either side will begin to rise in power and number. Dialogue may help spread understanding between faith, but in reality I don't see it happening.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I definitely feel comfortable discussing my faith. What better way to lead people to reason?
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 No, for the most part, unless I'm actively in a discussion with someone my beliefs stay internal. There are cases when religious people attempt to promote their own beliefs that I will put my own out there. The best thing to do is spread ideas, knowledge, and awareness in those situations.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, politics is compromised by engaging in religious beliefs. Minority beliefs are in trouble when religion plays politics. That is why our Constitution is set up the way it is: so religion doesn't intertwine with 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 9/11 showed me how religious extremists act and how religion is in serious need of help. Those radicals who planned and executed those attacks are examples of why religion is bad and has no place in the rational, empirical world.

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