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And what do we say when He sneezes?

Some prayers invoke blessings on God. Is there a theological justification for this, or is it a translation error? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Aug 1, 2014 - 13 answers

goD almighty jeSus why do we swear?

How did 'god' and 'jesus' and presumably other religious names and figures become integral components of our anger and cursing expressions? [more inside]
posted by peacay on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

StorySourceFilter: Guy dies; god is disappointed he didn't travel more

I have a half remembered parable that I'm trying to source. The gist is that a guy dies, and when he gets to heaven, God is disappointed he didn't take time to see all the natural beauties of the world. [more inside]
posted by IvyMike on Sep 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Short story where the main character is tricked into becoming God

It starts with the main character's death where he meets God. God presents him with some kind of question or riddle to solve. The guy eventually gets the right answer. In the end it turns out that God deceived the man into getting the correct answer so he could be free of his immortality.
posted by laptolain on Aug 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Books about "maybe there is a God" for an agnostic with some doubts.

I have read a lot of the – for lack of a better word – anti-religion Books. The God Delusion by Dawkins, Hitchens’s God is Not Great and The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. Sam Harris’s The End of Faith and Letters to a Christian Nation, among quite a few others. Those books made a lot of sense to me. Most (if not all) of my friends and colleagues are either agnostics or atheists. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Jun 14, 2013 - 41 answers

Looking for short story about a doll's house and a man playing God

Someone recently emailed me trying to track down a short story he remembered reading as a kid (in Johannesburg, 1970). He thought it might be by Roald Dahl. I told him that I'm 99.9% sure it's not by Dahl, just on the basis that I've read everything he ever published. The story sounds interesting though (something about a doll's house and playing God), and I'd like to try to help him track it down if I can. Does it ring a bell for anybody? Plot description follows. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Relationship of modern believers and conservative religion

Can “modern” people actively believe in God? How do they integrate their believes with their “conservative” religion? How do they practice their believes? [more inside]
posted by arhammer on Sep 10, 2012 - 54 answers

godspam

At regular intervals, I get "press releases" from god@llah.us. Full text of one such email below the fold. Is this a joke, spam, art, a trojan or ?? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 12, 2012 - 14 answers

What's the deal with meditation?

How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 29 answers

The meaning of life through short stories.

What short stories have further defined your conceptual understanding of "the meaning of life?" [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Jun 3, 2012 - 31 answers

Religious conversion stories in literature?

Looking for: Religious conversion stories in literature, from Paul onward. Specifically: from non-belief to belief. William James covers this nicely. And I seem to recall Dostoyevsky addresses the issue at least once in his novels (which?). Also C.S. Lewis, I think, somewhere. Other thoughts?
posted by Hobbacocka on May 16, 2012 - 20 answers

Alternative to God?

What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 6, 2012 - 63 answers

Christian apologetics book recommendations that accept the fact of evolution

Looking for recommendations for books on Christian apologetics that take seriously the reality of evolution rather than denying it in favor of the argument from design. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Apr 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me be godless at work

I have a colleague who is a lovely person. We get on quite well and have a fairly productive professional relationship. This person is an evangelical Christian, and has broached the topic of his god and his belief to me on a few occasions. I am always polite, telling him that I do not have religious beliefs. I have not invited the discussion, and I would have thought my attitude would have been sufficient to ensure that he left the topic alone. I returned from holidays to discover that he has bought me three ebooks for my kindle – Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ and Case for a Creator – and some other book about god. [more inside]
posted by mattoxic on Jan 9, 2012 - 45 answers

Because all opinions are equally true—except mine is inspired by God.

What are the "rules" for "God told me...," "The voice of god," and other hard to believe personal experiences in creative non-fiction writing? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Dec 4, 2011 - 6 answers

How to Reconcile Faith and Mental Illness

My ex-boyfriend's schizophrenia turned me into an atheist (more or less), but that loss of faith kind of took me by surprise. I'm still thinking about it sometimes, and wondering how religious people reconcile themselves with the idea of a mental illness that produces religious experiences? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Dec 3, 2011 - 26 answers

Come from the Dark sound-alikes

Found a song on the God Hand soundtrack that makes me really happy! Looking for others like it... [more inside]
posted by Khazk on Nov 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Is science better than religion for finding God?

Does religion prevent humanity from knowing God? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Aug 11, 2011 - 23 answers

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

One nervous pagan versus a thousand christians

I am not Christian, and often feel seriously awkward and uncomfortable talking to faithful people on/around/about Christian holidays. How can I avoid or lessen this feeling? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Apr 24, 2011 - 53 answers

Is unity sameness?

Spirituality filter: What does "union with God" or "unity" mean to you? Mystics and religious figures often talk about how union with God/ unity is the final end/ realization in the spiritual path. I have heard many different ideas and interpretations about what this means but am unsure how to think about it. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Apr 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me hear Angels

Beautiful, uplifting, Christian hymn or music for a memorial service? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Jan 14, 2011 - 43 answers

I believe in Santa, but I don't believe in Jesus

Religion filter: I'm really trying to understand religion and why people regularly attend services. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 8, 2011 - 40 answers

If I was a Q, I'd probably be a bit of a jerk, too.

Is there a quote about how a vastly superior creature who isn't a god could appear as if they were one? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus on Jan 1, 2011 - 14 answers

God is what?

Does the Bible ever state categorically that God is (a) omnipotent and (b) omnibenevolent? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 9, 2010 - 20 answers

God is my copilot

I am thinking about a title of the book (film), "God is my copilot". What does it mean, actually? I think God is your guide. Then he might be the main pilot, not the copilot? Or does the copilot mainly work? Or does it have a sort of ironic meaning? Please tell me!
posted by mizukko on Aug 13, 2010 - 19 answers

How Do I Start Praying?

I am not a religious person, but I would like to begin praying and make prayer a part of my life. I have never prayed before. Any thoughts on how to begin? [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Jun 29, 2010 - 33 answers

What novel is this quote from?

I'm trying to find a quote from a book I read way back in my English Lit. days. The general gist of the quote is that the best or only way to avoid the angry fist of God is to make sure that you remain in the palm of His hand. It is a quote from a book written by an African American. I'm thinking Zora Neale Hurston or Toni Morrison maybe. I can't remember the actual wording of the quote, so google is not helping. Sound familiar to anyone? Thanks much.
posted by Zendogg on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Please help me find the name of the novel where God literally falls to Earth, stone dead, from Heaven.

I'm looking for the name of a novel in which God, portrayed as a gigantic being thousands of feet tall and weighing millions of pounds wearing robes and having a flowing white beard, quite literally falls to earth from heaven, stone dead. The story is all about the repercussions on Earth after this event.
posted by DrDreidel on Apr 27, 2010 - 16 answers

Free will or omniscience? Or both?

Are free will and an omnipotent/omniscient God possible in the same universe? [more inside]
posted by biffa on Mar 26, 2010 - 87 answers

I want to believe...except maybe not.

Is it possible for a rather hardcore atheist to find some sort of spirituality again? Long, but I attempted to keep it concise. [more inside]
posted by LokiBear on Mar 24, 2010 - 52 answers

Book about God & Satan

A couple of years ago, I read a review of a book that sounded really interesting, but I can't find it now. The book was about a man who found some ancient documents that proved that Satan was good and God was evil (for instance, God denied Adam and Eve access to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). Apparently many people took this book to be non-fiction, and it caused a bit of hue & cry. Does anyone know the name of the book?? Thank you.
posted by LauraJ on Dec 22, 2009 - 8 answers

The Nine Billion Stories About God?

Please link me to Sci-Fi or Fantasy stories involving God--especially "surprise" God. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Dec 7, 2009 - 52 answers

Well then what's the sex for?

My mother is under the impression that a wedding ring (ie the band that you add in addition to the engagement ring) is the only way to "consummate the marriage in the eyes of God" ... where is she getting this from? I've never heard such a thing. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Dec 5, 2009 - 29 answers

Is there a word for this situation?

Is there a word that describes a situation where you *technically* have free will, but don't REALLY have the option to choose otherwise? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 18, 2009 - 27 answers

Letting go of God: Help me deal with my atheism and the five stages of grief. I'm in the fourth stage now.

Please give advice on how to accept my atheism, let go of God and the need for one, how to get over the fourth stage of grief/letting go (depression), and how to find my passion for life again! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 46 answers

God's knocks?

Help me find a quote I have forgotten. [more inside]
posted by Acacia on Oct 24, 2009 - 1 answer

Deconverting Christians

How do I convince [the more liberal] Christians to become atheists? (Issues you have with the wording of this question are likely addressed inside.) [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 3, 2009 - 83 answers

God is all around you, when you live inside his belly.

A religious war in space, with chits. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Apr 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Then God is........blank.

What is the quote about god that goes something like: "Can god intervene but chooses not to? Then he is _____. Can he intervene but is not able? Then he is _____" I can't find the exact quote. [more inside]
posted by virga on Apr 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Or En Aye Ay? What does this song mean?

You may very well recognize this song. It is from this movie. What does it mean? Does the first stanza and/or chorus spell something? Please help! [more inside]
posted by crazyray on Apr 11, 2009 - 9 answers

The Great (Nameless) Debate

I am currently writing a paper on where to place humankind on the spectrum between God and animals. Is there a commonly-used name for this philosophical topic? Googling around has failed me. [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Mar 31, 2009 - 25 answers

Help me remember this Jewish saying

I vaguely remember a Jewish quip about the questions God asks a Rabbi at the end of his life. It is something like 1. Did you follow my commandments? (yes, all of them) 2. Did you study my Word well? (yes, every day) 3. Did you dance enough? Or something to that effect. Has anyone heard of this or know how it really goes?
posted by brenton on Mar 31, 2009 - 5 answers

You "turned you life over to God"? All right...so what did you actually DO?

Whenever someone says "I turned my life over to God," it seems everyone just nods and acts like they understand, so I just act like I understand, too. But I don't. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Mar 9, 2009 - 40 answers

Utter fail all the time?

Have I transformed an insanely great and clear-cut early relationship into a friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2009 - 42 answers

Where is God?

Other than Rambam's "Mishnah Torah: Sefer Madah," what other famous book or work begins with the Tetragrammaton? In "hilchot yesode hatorah," the first four words of the chapter begin with the letters yud hay vav hay. Our teacher said there is some other famous book/chapter/text that uses words with the same four letters? Anyone know what it is? Thanks!
posted by andoatnp on Oct 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Can you recommend some Good Books for my dad?

My dad recently read The Shack and really liked it. Can you recommend other books with a spiritual leaning (not necessarily Christian) that he might also like? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Look at the birds, they sow not, yet they eat

I believe in God. The strange thing is that God does seem to give me everything I ask for. Even stranger, I don't actually believe that a God can exist. The question: If you are a believer in God, do you notice yourself having your requests consistently answered? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon on Aug 11, 2008 - 48 answers

"Ludwig the last crumpet was mine!"

StoryresearchFilter: Information needed on relations between superstar Cambridge dons of the 1930s-1950s. i.e. Russell, Wittgenstein, Turing, Keynes. [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Lack of Trust in My God in a Box

I would like to sense God in my life. I go to church regularly, pray, and read the Bible to understand Him better but I still have such deep bouts of depression where I either don't trust or sense his presence. There is a wide gap between what I believe with my heart and what I understand in my head. For example, I understand and believe in the sovereignty in God but when hard times come or extremely difficult emotions (despair) arise, that is the first thing I question. I am not looking for an easy life or a perfect life, just one that is able to trust God more. Any opinions on how to do this? I feel a great tension between trying harder, and just letting go but my letting go resembles more closely giving up than "letting God" if you know what i mean. To summarize, I want a stronger faith. Any ideas? Thanks so much for input.
posted by snap_dragon on May 8, 2008 - 58 answers

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