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They often ask, “Why would I believe in God?” I reply, what do they mean by God, and the answer is usually something to do with a dualistic realty with some ideal, supernatural being. I reply that is not the God I supposedly believe in. Then the discussion takes off, with my insisting that there is no supernatural being outside of my poetical imagination, that I’m a naturalist, and any God that I would act upon, or with, I would hope would be empirically describable, given some hard work of a usually psycho-physical nature. That usually satisfies, or exhausts, them.

Thomas Schmidt

About Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt is a retired psychotherapist and chemical dependency counselor who belongs to the Sufi Ruhiniat International order of Sufi’s and is a drummer in the Spokane Sufi group and an elder at the Country Homes Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. He is a member of the Westar Institute (The Jesus Seminar people). He studied for the ministry in the late 1950’s at Texas Christian Church and twice married Janet Fowler, a member of a long tern TCU family and a Disciple minister. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement, studying philosophy at Columbia University and psychology in the University of North Carolina university system. He has taught philosophy and psychology, and was professionally active in Florida, North Carolina, and, for 25 years in Spokane. He has studied and practiced Siddha Yoga, Zen Buddhism and, since the mid 1970’s, Sufism and the Dances of Universal Peace. He has three sons and three grandchildren. With the death of his wife, Janet, he is continuing their concentration on human rights, ecology, and ecumenical and interfaith reconciliation.

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