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  • Protestant Christian

    28 17.50%
  • Roman Catholic Christian

    10 6.25%
  • Sunni Muslim

    5 3.13%
  • Shiite Muslim

    1 0.63%
  • Jewish

    4 2.50%
  • Buddhist

    3 1.88%
  • Hindu

    2 1.25%
  • Atheist/Agnostic

    67 41.88%
  • Other

    40 25.00%
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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    I think you should check out the theosophists and traditionalists/perennialists on this particular area. They do at least offer some interesting solutions. Lord Northbourne's work is very intriguing. And obviously Catholic teaching deals with it as well; something tells me you didn't pay much attention to your classes on such matters.
    religion classes were total BS, and I've never been very interested in philosophy or religion. To me, catholicism or christianity in general are just a belief among thousands of others, similar to more ancient beliefs and having many similarities with various Egyptian and Summerian religions while pretending to be original and "true".

    The Noah's myth is enough to demonstrate my point of view. It already existed in most other religions (summerian, phenician...) and it is a transformation of something that really happened, the black sea that filled up 10 or 12,000 years ago.

    Like the myth of the arch of noah, all the rest of the bible (same for the koran) is just a compilation of an old oral tradition whose roots are real events, totally transformed and gradually losing all its meaning as time went on. It's just a compilation of very old moral principles. Interesting on a historical point of view, but nothing "holy".

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    Re: What is your religion?

    I'm Agnostic. I believe anyone who thinks they know anything about the universe is just lieing to themselves.

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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    religion classes were total BS, and I've never been very interested in philosophy or religion.
    They why criticise their beliefs without looking into them much?
    To me, catholicism or christianity in general are just a belief among thousands of others, similar to more ancient beliefs and having many similarities with various Egyptian and Summerian religions while pretending to be original and "true".

    The Noah's myth is enough to demonstrate my point of view. It already existed in most other religions (summerian, phenician...) and it is a transformation of something that really happened, the black sea that filled up 10 or 12,000 years ago.

    Like the myth of the arch of noah, all the rest of the bible (same for the koran) is just a compilation of an old oral tradition whose roots are real events, totally transformed and gradually losing all its meaning as time went on. It's just a compilation of very old moral principles. Interesting on a historical point of view, but nothing "holy".
    You really have to look into the theosophists and traditionalists/perennialists.

    Also the New testament and later old testament is somewhat different from the very old stuff, historically speaking.
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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    More silliness from you? First off, I have no specific religion. I voted Buddhist in the poll because I live my life as a Buddhist, yet do not subscribe to the dogma(Though, as you can tell, Right Speech is a weak point of mine). Secondly, I do not believe in God. I'm sorry you feel that saying the same phrase in two posts means that an individual is a "non original thinker"(as if you were the arbiter of such things...).

    The most amusing thing about you is that you call me a "non original thinker", yet post like every other stereotypical atheist(read: sheep). You do realize that being an atheist sheep is just as bad as being a Christian one, right?

    Try to stay afloat next time, dear.

    so if you don't follow the dogma why do you call yourself and live like a Buddhist?

    being a Buddhist that doesn't really practice makes you what, would that be very confused or uncommitted or a Christian wanna be that can't commit to that either? just what is a Buddhist wanna be called?
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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    They why criticise their beliefs without looking into them much?
    I don't need to look into them, a single event is enough to demonstrate that religions are not "sacred" or "holy": the black sea deluge

    You really have to look into the theosophists and traditionalists/perennialists.

    Also the New testament and later old testament is somewhat different from the very old stuff, historically speaking.
    thanks, I didn't know that. I read some parts of the article about that on wikipedia, but unfortunately that doesn't convince me more than christianity:

    "Theosophists believe that religion, philosophy, science, the arts, commerce, and philanthropy, among other "virtues," lead people ever closer to "the Absolute." Planets, solar systems, galaxies, and the cosmos itself are regarded as conscious entities, fulfilling their own evolutionary paths. The spiritual units of consciousness in the universe are the Monads, which may manifest as angels, human beings or in various other forms"

    To me, religion does not lead to "the absolute". Religion is a set of beliefs and traditions that is very ancient, it's the experience of our ancestors that has been transmitted during thousands of years and that has slowly evolved into something totally allegoric.

    While these kinds of stories have been useful in the past, and have helped the human race to survive, it progressively lost all its usefulness and became a set of dogms, people started fighting about details, some people started applying it literally etc...while at the origin it was just a bunch of stories that have a very ancient origin.

    It's exactly like that:
    1) someone observes that it's better to work slower but regularly than fast but too late
    2) he tells that to his children and to his friends
    3) the story is transmitted to the newer generations, and becomes more allegoric (it becomes the story of "the turtle and the rabbit")
    4) it becomes a dogm
    5) people start fighting about stupid details like wether the rabbit was immortal or not, or want to impose their own version of the myth to other people




    Theosophists further hold that human civilization, like all other parts of the universe, develops through cycles of seven stages. Blavatsky argued that the whole humanity, and indeed every reincarnating human monad, evolves through a series of seven "Root Races". Thus in the first age, humans were pure spirit; in the second age, they were sexless beings inhabiting the now lost continent of Hyperborea; in the third age the giant Lemurians were informed by spiritual impulses endowing them with human consciousness and sexual reproduction. Modern humans finally developed on the continent of Atlantis. Sin
    lol that sounds like lord of the rings

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    Re: What is your religion?

    I'm an Atheist. Religion has never shown me any proof of a god. All I've heard from religious leaders is "You are not suppose to ask questions, just believeeeee"

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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    thanks, I didn't know that. I read some parts of the article about that on wikipedia, but unfortunately that doesn't convince me more than christianity:

    "Theosophists believe that religion, philosophy, science, the arts, commerce, and philanthropy, among other "virtues," lead people ever closer to "the Absolute." Planets, solar systems, galaxies, and the cosmos itself are regarded as conscious entities, fulfilling their own evolutionary paths. The spiritual units of consciousness in the universe are the Monads, which may manifest as angels, human beings or in various other forms"
    The theosophists are interesting and make some good arguments but I prefer the Perennialists/traditionalists. Sometimes the theosophists can have an ecumenicalism that is a little soft and come close to being their own religion and I find them sometimes too antagonistic to traditional religion.

    To me, religion does not lead to "the absolute". Religion is a set of beliefs and traditions that is very ancient, it's the experience of our ancestors that has been transmitted during thousands of years and that has slowly evolved into something totally allegoric.
    Well the perennialists would say these were similar often.
    While these kinds of stories have been useful in the past, and have helped the human race to survive, it progressively lost all its usefulness and became a set of dogms, people started fighting about details, some people started applying it literally etc...while at the origin it was just a bunch of stories that have a very ancient origin.

    It's exactly like that:
    1) someone observes that it's better to work slower but regularly than fast but too late
    2) he tells that to his children and to his friends
    3) the story is transmitted to the newer generations, and becomes more allegoric (it becomes the story of "the turtle and the rabbit")
    4) it becomes a dogm
    5) people start fighting about stupid details like wether the rabbit was immortal or not, or want to impose their own version of the myth to other people






    lol that sounds like lord of the rings
    Yeah the theosophists have some very good arguments but some less so. I prefer the perennialists but the theosophists certainly have somethings to offer like the nature of the absolute and such.
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    Re: What is your religion?

    Atheist. I believe in a higher power, just haven't found mine yet.

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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    The theosophists are interesting and make some good arguments but I prefer the Perennialists/traditionalists. Sometimes the theosophists can have an ecumenicalism that is a little soft and come close to being their own religion and I find them sometimes too antagonistic to traditional religion.

    Well the perennialists would say these were similar often.
    Yeah the theosophists have some very good arguments but some less so. I prefer the perennialists but the theosophists certainly have somethings to offer like the nature of the absolute and such.
    what do you call "absolute"? hapiness? the belief in an after life?

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    Re: What is your religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom View Post
    All I've heard from religious leaders is "You are not suppose to ask questions, just believeeeee"
    Suuuuure you have.

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