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How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Imagine" is the key word, because imagination is the only genuine place of residence for any gods or devils. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator First of all, I don't "believe" anything regarding the Abrahamic "God". No such being is logically possible. That is something I know. "Beliefs" are what people have in lieu of knowledge. 2 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In reference to the period when I was a Christian, usually my most powerful moments of belief where when singing in the choir, one of many voices reaching for heaven, and an internal sense of having experienced a window opening and wonderful feelings of joy and happiness and love. OR, before that, when I was eleven and heard a fellow Jehovah's Witness say that Armageddon would happen in 1975. I peed my pants because I was so scared. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when Armageddon did not happen in 1975, as Jehovah's Witnesses said it would. But, even then, the doubt was of JW's, not of God. Since being an atheist, there has been no doubt, because it is not a belief, but a piece of knowledge, in the same way that knowing the earth orbits the sun is a piece of knowledge. 1 person liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that I understand the phrase actually means "my emotional life". Spirits do not exist but emotions do, as part of the activity of a functioning (or sometimes malfunctioning) brain. 2 people liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that I have one, in regard to gods and religions. Atheism is the antithesis of "faith" or "belief". 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't do role models. I do admire and appreciate the works of many people from Epicurus onward. 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 that there isn't one other than acknowledging that "supernatural" equals "nonexistent". 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator what Jehovah's Witnesses taught me.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator long and arduous, with an enormous range of experiences from the horrifying to the sublime...perhaps the most sublime being free of the fear of boogeymen, especially those who supposedly await you after death. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Jehovah's Witness, though we went to funerals at regular (Baptist) Christian churches.
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, my dad became a Jehovah's Witness somewhere around 1920, and remained so until his death. My mom, was never "religious" in the typical sense, she mostly simply assumed and accepted the southern Baptist stuff she had always heard.
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 no children, but if I did, I would certainly explain to them why atheism is correct, and strongly encourage the study of all religious claims. 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 I don't do faith. I blog a lot, and much, but not all, of it is supportive of atheism. 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 I don't really have much in the way of family, other than my wife. I don't do "traditions" either. When occasion calls for social interaction wth extended family, I attempt to avoid any discussions of religion - in the south, those can result in the activities of police and medical personell - and when they observe their rituals, I simply keep quit. 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 No faith. It is easy enough to live as an atheist, as long as you don't make a point of it. If you do, you open yourself to attacks, from "merely" verbal, to loss of employment, to physical threats and intimidation. 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 the utter absence of any faith, and the resulting calm and peaceful pursuit of knowledge and the online socializing and activism. 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 section XI of Robert G. Ingersoll's "Why I Am An Agnostic". 1 person liked this

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. I would wish that elected officials were well educated and had the ability to distinguish between fact and fantasy. 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 Absolutely. Comparative religion should be a mandatory part of any genuine education. It is the single best way of creating fewer "believers" and more thinkers. 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 Absolutely. But it must be specified that they works of mythology, in the same group with all the Greek and Roman and many other creation mythologies. 1 person liked this
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Maybe. In my experience relatively few "people of faith" are capable of having such a dialogue precisely because their "faith" precludes it. To the extent that any mind may be caused to seek reason rather than faith, I think such dialogue would be good. 1 person liked this
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 have no religious faith, but I am comfortable discussing anything with anyone who can discuss without becoming overly emotional. 2 people 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 I think I have a duty, because of my knowledge, to share it with any who may be open to it, though I have long since abandoned any attempts at "evangalizing". 2 people liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I would certainly hope so. 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 Only in the sense that it is the single largest recent example of how "faith" in lieu of "knowledge" can have horrific and devastating results. 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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