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The God Squad
The God Squad is not your average advice column. Rabbi Marc Gellman employs his years of religious and philosophical study and experience to answer reader questions on topical and spiritual issues, from interfaith marriage to news events. He also draws on the expertise of numerous advisors to offer authentic insights on the rich palette of faiths in America. Gellman writes in a lively, non-preachy style that speaks directly to readers. Special holiday messages.
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Last week, I continued an annual God Squad holiday tradition by offering remembrances of Father Tom Hartman's Hanukkah greetings. I cannot and I do not love Christmas because I believe in Christ.
NOTE FROM RABBI GELLMAN: Every winter and spring, when Fr. Tom Hartman -- my former partner on the God Squad -- was well and writing this column with me, we would trade spiritual places.
Q: How can one choose what to believe? A: For me, faith is more an act of receiving than an act of choosing. For me, faith is also -- and I think, primarily -- a personal act, as much or more than an act of family solidarity.
Q: I consider myself an agnostic, but not an atheist. I don't know. A: Atheists and theists seem similar in that they both believe in a definitive proof for or against the existence of God.
Every year at Thanksgiving time, I try to put some deeper meaning into the too easily generalized list of things and people for which I'm thankful.
Q: Do you really, truly believe that "The Flood" and the creation of "Adam and Eve" were actual events? A: I believe the biblical stories of Adam and Eve and Noah are true, but I don't believe the events described really occurred.
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