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Justin Van Kleeck's Blog – April 2010 Archive (3)

Heroes

No, this is not a reference to the TV show. Nor to people in tights with "special powers" and an obsession to do good.



Instead, I wondered about some personal heroes--aka role models, guides, inspirational exemplars, etc.--from history that some folks around here might have. Please feel free to share.



Here are my top 5:





1. Gandhi: committed to non-violence and justice without oppression; focused on personal experimentation with one's "truth" and approaching… Continue

Added by Justin Van Kleeck on April 30, 2010 at 12:32pm — 3 Comments

Religion: End It or Enlighten It?

I have wrestled for years with an interest in religions, from an outsider's perspective, that vies with an equally strong dislike and distrust of it. I waver between these two poles, often depending on what I read (say, Richard Dawkins vs. the Dalai Lama), and I can never settle that final question: Should religion be tolerated or terminated?



It is a troubling question. The hardest part is that being skeptical by nature, I have no problem seeing the fantastical and placating aspects… Continue

Added by Justin Van Kleeck on April 29, 2010 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Glory Without God

I recently had a conversation (okay, an "interview") with a friend, who is a devout Christian, about my beliefs...which she did not know in full. Since I do not believe in God, I was admittedly anxious about responding. But luckily, she is also open-minded and intelligent. She wanted to understand how I can connect with and find value in the world despite living in a state of "godlessness." It ended up being a rewarding experience for both of us, so I thought I would share her questions and… Continue

Added by Justin Van Kleeck on April 27, 2010 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

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