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TED Tuesday: Ideas Worth Spreading for the Week of 1/4

January 4th, 2011 Comments off

A constant reader of this blog or anyone who has spent time discussing the subject with me will probably be able to tell that I’ve gone through a religious journey of sorts in the past few years.  More accurately, I’ve delved into the topic, weighing philosophical, historical and scientific texts to determine that I am perfectly capable of being good without god and that, as a non-believer, I am proud to call myself an atheist.

While at times there are elements of religion I cannot accept or respect, I generally consider myself (or at least would like to consider myself) to be happily respectful of others’ rights to practice their religions and hold their own beliefs.  I only ask that those individuals do not attempt to establish theocracies or impose their religious mandates on others.

My coming out as an atheist has also accompanied a continuing desire to learn more about various other religions.  This edition of TED Tuesday includes three religious figures presenting at various TED conferences.  They include a journalist experimenting with living an orthodox Christian life, a pop-culture pastor talking about how each of us should live uniquely, and an imam who just happens to be that guy building the mis-labeled “ground zero” mosque.

Click on through to give them a view. Read more…