From the perspective of Stefanie Jomphe, a 24-year-old fashion designer from Canada
Do you believe people arrived in their present form on Earth?
I think it’s more rational.
Do you think a supernatural force or being guided our evolution or not?
Maybe in little things; there must be a little magic in everything. But pretty much everything is logical.
Does it trouble you that we descended from apes?
No, because I think it’s natural evolution.
What does it mean to be human?
It means I can learn; I can think; I can be rational.
Philosophers say that human suffering proves the existence of God, that some people must endure enormous tragedy and sadness in order to find their path to God. What do you think?
I wasn’t raised with any god. I think it is how it works that matters: the weather, the temperature, everything has an effect.
What about the Asian tsunami of 2004 that killed around 250,000 people? Where is a god in such a biblical natural disaster?
Do you think the chaos and trouble caused by people, including wars, is the product of a Devil-derived evil or purely free will?
I don’t think it’s people’s will. But we have done everything that has happened.
Why do you think the universe is such a gigantic place yet the only apparent intelligent life as far as we’ve been able to detect is on Earth?
Maybe there’s something else out there; we’ll never know.
Scientists tell us the universe started off from an incomprehensibly dense dot and exploded into what we see today, and is expanding. In your imagination, what did the cosmos blow up into?
I think it’s like a circle.
Although impossible now, if a probe could reach the furthest parts of space, at the point where matter was still expanding, and if that probe could jump ahead of the matter, where would it be?
Atheists maintain that religion is nothing more than a fairytale and that adherents are deluding themselves. They say there’s no proof of the existence of any controlling entity or creator and that it’s foolish to believe in one. Are they deluding themselves?
What’s the wonder of being alive?
There is no real wonder to is.
If you could say something directly to a God and get a direct answer, what would it be?
Why is there war?