View Poll Results: What is your religion?

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  • Christian (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, or other)

    64 42.11%
  • Agnostic

    24 15.79%
  • Atheist

    37 24.34%
  • Muslim (Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, or other)

    3 1.97%
  • Buddhist

    4 2.63%
  • Hindu

    1 0.66%
  • Jewish

    3 1.97%
  • Eastern Philosophy (Confucian, Taoist, Shinto, etc.)

    1 0.66%
  • Polytheist/Neo-pagan

    2 1.32%
  • Other

    13 8.55%
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Thread: What is your religious denomination?

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I grew up in a non-religious home. When I moved to the south in teens...I became a converted Baptist Christian. After many years of questions and answers that came from logic and reasoning...I do not believe.

    I pick the label Atheist even though it shouldn't be listed as a religious denomination because it simply means an absence of religion.

    I respect those who find peace in their religion. I respect the charity work that goes on. I will even participate in charity events...not because it is God's calling, but because it is the right thing to do.

    I have learned that religion became a form of control throughout the ages. A way to make sure the people followed a set order and chaos didn't ensue.

    However, we have grown so much as a species and learned hard science and evidence that directly contradicts religion.

    One question I had was this:

    If you have to be "saved" in order to go to heaven then what would happen if a non-believer who led his life admirably and gave back to his community (charity and what not) died. Also, what if a mass murderer became a convert in prison died. He killed say 10 or more people, but converted. That murderer goes to the eternal Utopia while the other guy who was a great person burns in eternal flame?

    I'm sorry, but that lost me for good.

    People told me I had to just have faith. Well, I had faith in Santa Claus when I was young....then I became older and realized it is impossible for a fat man to travel the world in one night giving gifts. I also understood that the entire world never flooded, and it is impossible that world was created in 7 days.

    I don't think of an afterlife....I'm too busy living this regular life to worry about such things.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vapor View Post
    We've got a vast spread of political ideologies on this forum, let's see how diverse our religious beliefs are. I'm sure this has been done in the past, but...meh.

    This isn't intended as a catalyst for theological debates, but if that's where it leads...y'all have fun.

    I, personally, am an agnostic because A. I realized that the Christian stories I was raised with made no more sense than the Norse and Greek "Mythologies" and B. I don't feel like humanity is capable of understanding whatever supernatural force, if any, exists; if we can't stop killing each other, how can we expect to understand the nature of the universe? And C. almost all religions teach peace, yet they seem incapable of co-existing, and therefore, I have a problem with organized religion.
    Very much my position, but I voted "other".
    Despite all the ugliness that is reported by the media, its still a beautiful world...full of wonders....and kindness....but this is never reported that I know of..

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    I see where you're coming from, but our natural explanations aren't all that. How did the universe come to be from nothing? Where did the first cell on earth come from? Did one cell really turn into today's humans? Personally, I think it makes just as much sense to say a God did all the above than to say it all happened by chance and a universe came from nothing at all.
    You are certainly entitled to your opinions, and as an atheist I have zero interest in converting you, but just to briefly make the point...a god is not needed to explain any of that.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I would suggest that we should be defined as more concieted rather than smarter. We believe that somehow we are outside of the natural order simply because we have a more highly developed sense of reason and tool building capability. On the other hand I would suggest that those capabilities exist as a means to test our Soul. To see whether we will do what we Should do or what we Can do.



    Have you ever considered that the society we've created might just be Immoral itself?
    do you know you are describing the concept of divine trial and examination which will be a determinative factor in god judging people by their actions ?

    and yes l know people are evil and good .this is our nature as you mentioned before .but evolution has been continuing ..
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    None of the above. I have religious beliefs, but don't practice and adhere to any formal dogma. I don't believe in any prophet, and I don't view God as a strictly benevolent force. It's more a way of thinking and perceiving the world, and it guides my moral positions.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    do you know you are describing the concept of divine trial and examination which will be a determinative factor in god judging people by their actions?
    Yes. I am quite well aware of that. Just because I do not believe in a particular Religion does not mean I don't believe that there is a Universal Power out there which will Judge all of us in the end. It just means that I'm not a believer that religion is the proper way to go about dealing with that Power.

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    and yes l know people are evil and good. this is our nature as you mentioned before. but evolution has been continuing...
    No amount of evolution is ever going to change the fact that there are people who are both good and evil. To believe there is an ability to override human nature that thoroughly is almost scary in my mind. The only way to do it is to take away all individuality.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I'm not much of anything at all, but if I were to try to define my beliefs, they would probably lie somewhere between agnosticism and polytheism. I allow for the possibility of God while recognizing that there are aspects of all religions that are worthwhile as well as problematic. My theory is that were it somehow possible to create a ven diagram out of all the world's religions and lay them atop one another, and allowing for the possibility of divinity, such would be found in those areas of intersection.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    The 'god' concept seems to me a bit 'willed' nowadays - it was the form in which people thought it proper to put their best notions, and a guarantee of support from on high once upon a time. What they proposed by way of behaviour, though, was usually pretty good. I was brought up an Anglican Christian Socialist myself, and after a long Quaker-attending gap am thinking of going back where I came from. Theology has moved on a long way.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Yes. I am quite well aware of that. Just because I do not believe in a particular Religion does not mean I don't believe that there is a Universal Power out there which will Judge all of us in the end. It just means that I'm not a believer that religion is the proper way to go about dealing with that Power.



    No amount of evolution is ever going to change the fact that there are people who are both good and evil. To believe there is an ability to override human nature that thoroughly is almost scary in my mind. The only way to do it is to take away all individuality.
    you had said our instincts specify our universal morality .do you think we must get over our nature ?
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    you had said our instincts specify our universal morality. do you think we must get over our nature ?
    No, I believe that Universal Morality is the embracing of our instincts and nature AGAINST the capability to deny/overcome it. It is my view that we are here to prove the capability of our Souls to do what we Should rather than what we Can. To fight against the intellectual urge to be more than we are supposed to be; and rather to live life as it Should be lived rather than how it Can be lived.

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