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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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Philosophy instructor Jim Gould and English instructor Ted Hazelgrove have taught Playing God for the past three years, but have been teaching a variety of "Twofers" learning communities classes since 2001.
Playing God is simply taking our baptismal vows seriously and acknowledging that God's grace is present everywhere in creation and in every issue that affects human life.
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REGARDING the story about Eileen Doran, it is time medical and legal professions stopped playing God.
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Those worrying about the arrogance of playing God should realize that we have forged an instrument of salvation, and we choose to hide it under our robes.
But animal rights activist Rob Puddicombe claims that the National Park Service is playing God.
Have you ever fancied playing God, of course you have.
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or a C-section is performed to ensure a safe delivery; or an organ is transplanted rather than allowing nature to take its course - a doctor is playing God.