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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 Einstein said, "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God." That is compatible with my belief that Nature's God is the creative power behind the universe. As a Deist, I base my beliefs on reason, experience and observation of nature. I look at the wonder, the beauty, the order and complexity of the universe, and I reach the conclusion that all of this is not just an accident.
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My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I subscribe to Unified Deism, which holds three principles paramount: 1. We believe that God exists based on reflective reason, personal experience, and observation of nature. 2. We believe that fellowship, community, and mutual respect are essential components of life. But the noblest and most important power in human relationships is our capacity to love. 3. We believe our principles should evolve with societal progress and our knowledge of the universe.
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My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Understanding that I was free to believe in a God that makes sense without the dogma and errors that characterized my childhood religion. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Subjecting the indoctrination of the religion of my youth to critical analysis. Those beliefs shattered under the harsh glare of reason. 1 person liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am connected with nature and the workings of the real world. 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 The myth that the Deist God "walked away from His creation." Nothing could be further from the truth. God does not have to keep fiddling with His creation to keep it running. An intervening God has to answer the question, "If God could alleviate evil and suffering through intervention, why doesn't He?" 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Brother John Lindell.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Deism has no dogma, no required tenets, no rituals. Nature is our teacher. I was initially inspired by Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason). Anything that helps me better understand the universe is what I most appreciate. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believed the things that I was indoctrinated believe, like all children. When I grew up, I put away childish things. 1 person liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Long, but satisfying. I finally have a name for my beliefs. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A Christian, a Baptist, to be precise.
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 different because I could no longer believe in a religion based on a sacred text that is claimed to be the work of God, but is obviously the work of man, full of errors and contradictions. The Bible has some good stories and great metaphors, but that makes it good literature. I don't think it was ever intended to be taken literally.
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 I have three children whom we raised to make up their own minds about belief. 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 Wherever and whenever I want. Deism has no churches. I associate with many other Deists online. Social networking is a good outlet, and I am looking forward to the development of the Spiritual But Not Religious movement and community at http://sbnr.org/ . 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 Yes, we each follow our own path. We respect the beliefs of other family members. We do not blend traditions, but we do occasionally observe traditions, new and old. 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 It is very easy because I am not easily swayed or intimidated, especially by unreasoned and unreasonable discourse. 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 My computer. I read and write and research and communicate widely. 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 book Deist: So that's what I am!
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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 Absolutely none. They are completely incompatible. Politics deals with matters of state and governance, while religion deals with church and faith. The two are constitutionally divided in my country. 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 No. If taught at all religion should be taught as history or social studies in a disinterested fashion. There are plenty of religious outlets without taking up time in the public schools. 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 No, we are doing a poor job of teaching reading, writing, math and science. There is no time for such extra-curricular material. There are churches out there and libraries. This is the role of the parents. 1 person liked this
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. Faiths should respect one another's beliefs, even if they do not share them. Lack of dialog leads to suspicion and misunderstanding.
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, I am not shy, and I have nothing to hide or to be ashamed of. 1 person 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 Yes, I believe I should act reasonably, taking into account human nature and our different experiences. Deists do not proselytize. I should be a good person, because hurting others harms society. 1 person liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, completely and irretrievably. Mixing religion and politics inevitably results in someone trying to shove their beliefs down someone else's throat, with the predictable result that the victim shoves back. 1 person liked this
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 had no impact on my religious beliefs. It had an enormous impact on my political beliefs. The two should not be mixed. 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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