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"Nobody knows anything, Joe. We'll take this leap, and we'll see. We'll jump, and we'll see. That's life, right? " - Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

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 He's a bearded, white male with a long face, flowing robes, carrying a crooked staff, standing on a cloud with light emanating from his whole being. That's how I imagine him now, how I've always imagined him, and its about as impersonal and irrelevant to me today as it's always been...

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in myself. I believe that the best thing I can do is be a good person to those around me and in doing so find meaning in all the living and loving and dying that goes on while we're here to experience it. If I die and leave any loved ones behind, I hope I added value to their lives while we spent some time together in this life. 2 people liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that my parents were very religious and going to Church and taking communion meant you were a good person, no matter what else you did.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a conservative, irish-catholic by parents that took me to church every Sunday, taught in the CCD program, and loudly, proudly, voted republican...
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 Yes. Every which way from Sunday. I don't go to church, I don't talk about the Church, and I've never voted for a republican.
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 don't have children, but if I ever do, I sometimes wonder if I would want them christened despite my irreverence.

How I Practice My Faith

The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator JOE VS. THE VOLCANO I am serious about this one. Watch it again for the very first time.

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 People will always deify or vilify elected officials. I don't know if you can separate the two in the public discourse. Thankfully, the courts are doing a good job interpreting the constitution thus far.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Important to who? And who's doing the talking? The Council on American-Islamic Relations just rolled out all these PSAs on the theme: "9/11 happened to us all" see http://www.cair.com/Home.aspx In response, Brooke Gladstone from NPR's "On the Media" suggested last weekend that pop culture, through sympathetic sitcom depictions, have increased social tolerance of minorities and gays. I think that might be a more effective approach than "interfaith dialogue".
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator sure
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 It definitely has. Shortly after 9/11, the church abuse scandal broke in Boston. For me, it was a two-fer on the existential crisis front. In a lot of ways, our govt let us down on 9/11, and many times over in the aftermath. And the same is true for the Church, where the scandal is now global in scope. My faith in both institutions is irreparably damaged.

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Published October 11, 2010

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