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.