Why Did God Kill All the Dinosaurs?
And other questions that helped launch this website.
"Why did God kill the dinosaurs?"
Soon after posing that perplexing question, my five-year-old son, Joe, answered it: "Because He didn't want the humans to be scared." Making sense of the world isn't easy for a child, but I sometimes wonder if it's not easier for Joe than for me and other adults. After all, for him logic and cynicism don't get in the way of a concept like God. When he was four, for example, Joe gave a simple and self-confident definition of the Almighty: "God is like a sticky wind. When you feel him on your skin, you know he's there."
We're hoping that Beliefnet will be a place where adults and children alike can find answers to some of life's stickiest questions--or at least find other people similarly baffled, curious, or in awe. Beliefnet will provide information, inspiration, stimulation, community, and products and services to help you meet your own religious, spiritual, and moral needs.
We intentionally use those three words--religious, spiritual, and moral--in recognition that each individual is following a different path. Some will want to come and burrow down into our rich offerings about a single religion. Others will seek transcendent meaning, or help in leading a good and decent life, without organized religion.
Some will seek specific information: Where can I find the best Sunday school curriculum? What do I wear if I'm a non-Muslim attending an Islamic wedding? Where can I find a support group for people with cancer?
Others will seek: Interaction--with people who are believers and those who aren't. Discussion--with fans of C.S. Lewis, Veggie Tales, Rumi, or Touched by an Angel. Companionship--for those who are grieving or those who are celebrating. Support--from a prayer circle formed to pray for a sick child. The challenge--of studying Torah or Buddhist koans, or wrestling with ethical dilemmas. News and commentary--about the latest trends, controversies, and outrages about religion, spirituality, and morality. (Have you seen our astonishing group of columnists? Click here.)
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