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  • I am a math teacher, age 82, retired from classroom teaching, now self-employed as a private math tutor. My hobbies are music and chess. On Sept. 7, 2011, I had a cancer completely removed from my abdomen, which makes me a cancer survivor:)

    I have over 1700 YouTube videos: religion, piano, Mr. Music, math challenges and solutions, chess challenges and solutions. At YouTube, search edward tarte. You can browse my playlists at my profile page.

    You could call me Ed. I am age 81, living alone near Houston TX. I have studied religion a lot. From 1963 to 1968 I was a Catholic priest. But now I am deeply troubled by the problem of widespread human suffering. (I have had just a little of it myself--not much, yet.) Free will and human cruelty explain much suffering such as that caused by the holocaust, wars, crime. But what about hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, cancer, etc., that produce so much agony including to good and innocent people such as little kids? I cannot reconcile these with the commonly held idea of God as an all-powerful loving Father. (Also I am troubled by the Biblical account of God telling Abraham to kill his son and then at the last minute saying, No, I really didn't mean it. I strongly disapprove of this alleged behavior of God.) So I became an agnostic. If there is a God, he does not make sense to me and is definitely not an all-powerful loving Father. Now I am an atheist, which simply means that I find no credible evidence for the existence of any god. Do I believe in the Bible? Actually, yes--some of it--the book of Ecclesiastes. That author says basically: This life is all there is, so make the most of it. Enjoy it as best you can, give it your all, and try to relieve human suffering.
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