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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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    The responses here support my opinion that society is losing some values due to the number who are losing faith. So many are saying "I was raised this way, but I don't believe in it." I find that quite a shame.
    Then you have in your footer:
    "With me everything turns into mathematics."
    "It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."
    "It is truth very certain that, when it is not in one's power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is more probable." -- Rene Descartes"
    Very interisting. Your scope goes well beyond religion; good.

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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.
    I guess you would say I am a deist based on much of what I think and write, though I follow the most widely practiced form of Christianity. IOW, I am Christian and I and not an exclusivist. (My Church recognizes the truths of all religions) So to explain further. Since the beginning of time I believe God has inspired man with certain morals, and attitudes which spell out a way to live. Those inspirations have imbued beliefs which if historically viewed would encompass Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Man has done a fabulous job of twisting those beliefs to fit his own idea of what is good, bad or indifferent. I believe these things because when I look about at the world I see no other possible consideration as to how all of this complex planet and its life to exist.

    What has distressed me the most about religion of recent times is the rise of Atheist evangelism. I see written on the various forums more call for people to forget about God and move to the Atheist side of the aisle rather than the evangelism of any other belief system.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by dnsmith View Post
    I guess you would say I am a deist based on much of what I think and write, though I follow the most widely practiced form of Christianity. IOW, I am Christian and I and not an exclusivist. (My Church recognizes the truths of all religions) So to explain further. Since the beginning of time I believe God has inspired man with certain morals, and attitudes which spell out a way to live. Those inspirations have imbued beliefs which if historically viewed would encompass Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Man has done a fabulous job of twisting those beliefs to fit his own idea of what is good, bad or indifferent. I believe these things because when I look about at the world I see no other possible consideration as to how all of this complex planet and its life to exist.

    What has distressed me the most about religion of recent times is the rise of Atheist evangelism. I see written on the various forums more call for people to forget about God and move to the Atheist side of the aisle rather than the evangelism of any other belief system.
    I can't stand it when certain Atheists try to convert people because Atheism isn't a religion at all.

    I have never understood the point of trying to talk people out of their beliefs. I give my opinions when warranted, but I am not trying to convince people to give up what they believe and what keeps them at peace. I think that is something that some people don't get.
    Libertarian and Atheist...wow I'm a hated man.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    I can't stand it when certain Atheists try to convert people because Atheism isn't a religion at all.

    I have never understood the point of trying to talk people out of their beliefs. I give my opinions when warranted, but I am not trying to convince people to give up what they believe and what keeps them at peace. I think that is something that some people don't
    Easy. Religion replaces critical thought, inquisitive mindfulness, reason, and open-minded thought with unchallengable dogma. It's almost the equivalence of believing in homopathy, pyschics, astrology, conspiracy theories and other nonsense, but it takes the air of authority by damning everyone who doesn't believe in its tripe. Can you imagine if someone pulled out a ouija board and then started dictating the countries' laws from a board game? Those that question the ouija board, are condemned and ostracized. No difference from religion.

    Start associating yourself with strong believers, or watch docs like 'Jesus Camp' or 'Deborah 13'. You'll grasp why heliocentrism, evolution, LGBT people, women, etc. are/were assualted and decried. There is no freedom to question or believe/support ideas even if they are factual.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    Don't start slobbering in anticipation of another endless homosexual/atheist platform to attack the faith of others, that you lack.
    Heheheheheheheheheheheheheh....

    Oh, wait, you're serious? You assume that because I have discounted my own Baptist upbringing and given up the search to find the answer so that I might enjoy the life I have on this wondrous and beautiful planet of ours without fear of supernatural damnation, that I therefore enjoy whipping the unwashed heathen hordes into a frenzy that will descend upon the faithful? Listen, mate, I have nothing against religion, so long as its believers actually adhere to the benign teachings, and so long as they observe the separation of church and state. I will respect your beliefs if you respect my lack thereof. Belief in a god does not make you a good person, but if fear of damnation is what it takes to make people act decently towards one another, then that's fine.

    I used to be antagonistic towards religion; I'll be the first to admit that. I met a guy in my German class at high school with whom I argued so vehemently that we almost came to blows on several occasions. The next year, we found ourselves in the same German class again, and without as many people to argue with, my irritation towards the idea of religion had ebbed over the summer. We no longer argued religion, but often discussed politics and the drama of our peers with a mutual amusement. The animosity faded, and that man is now amongst my best friends, and now we can discuss religion on respectful terms - with the occasional good-natured jab, of course.

    I won't shame you for believing. I will, however, shame you for using "homosexual/atheist" in a negative manner. Gays and atheists are people, too, my friend.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I was raised in a Lutheran family.
    I have been back and forth with Atheism, agnostic, back to Lutheranism and back again.
    I have finally found myself comfortable with Christian Deism.


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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I'm an evangelical christian, the progressive type.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I chose other but that is not really right. I consider myself Christian however, I am not a member of any church and my belief draws from other religions. I believe that Mohammed was a prophet, but I believe in the divinity of Jesus. I don't believe in Buddhism, but I draw from the teachings of peace. Really, I'm a monotheistic blend.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I was raised Baptist and continue to be one. To the opposite of atheists, I have seen many atrocities in this world and believe only God will ever stop them. I believe we, as human beings, are the culprits behind our decay, not God. We were given free will and have used it to the detriment of society from the beginning. We are a naturally destructive race and will continue to be by our own volition until the day Jesus returns. That's what I believe to be fact.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    I'm an evangelical christian, the progressive type.
    What does that mean?
    “Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.” ― Ron Paul
    Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson

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