What's your religious affiliation?

Discussion in 'Religion' started by James R, Feb 11, 2021.

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Which of the following best describes your religious affiliation?

Poll closed Mar 11, 2021.
  1. Christianity (Protestant - such as Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Uniting)

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  2. Christianity (Catholic)

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  3. Christianity (Evangelican, Born Again or similar)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Hinduism

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Buddhism

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  6. Judaism

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Believe in a god or Gods, but my religious beliefs don't closely fit any particular religion

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  8. Other religion (specify in the thread)

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  9. None (for example atheist, freethinker, secularist)

    12 vote(s)
    63.2%
  10. Don't know, or don't want to say.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    Affiliation and belief are two different things. It's possible to be a religious believer but not be affiliated with any organized religious tradition. That happens a lot. And equally, it's possible to be affiliated with a particular religious tradition without believing in its doctrines. I suspect that many Muslims would fit that description. So would the many Jews for whom Judaism is an ethnic identifier and the many Irish Catholics for whom the same is true.

    As for me, I'm not affiliated with any religious organization. So I'm a 'none' in that regard.

    As far as beliefs go, I don't believe in the truth of any of the (supposedly) revealed scriptural traditions. I basically think that all of them are false. So I approach atheism in that regard.

    But then there are the big questions - why is there something rather than nothing?, why is there cosmic order?, what is reality at its most fundamental level?and so on. I don't have the answers, though the questions fascinate me. This is where I part company with the atheists, I guess.
     
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  3. RealBigOleDummy Registered Member

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    New guy here. (Nice site btw wish I had found it earlier)
    I'm an Atheist and have been since I was 13. 65 now and have seen no evidence to make me change my way of thinking. Have studied the christian religion fairly "deeply" and have read their holy book "the Bible" front to back multiple times. Well, I always skipped Numbers lol.

    My Grandfather and Great-grandfather were both preachers. Methodist. My family is filled with "men of god" back to the late 1800's. One was hanged by the traitorous confederates as a Union spy. He was a circuit riding preacher. Anyway, it was always assumed by most of my extended family that I would continue the "tradition". Well, all hell broke loose (lol) when I informed them at a family reunion that I thought that stuff (their beliefs) were a joke and that I wanted no part of it. Only one cousin would speak to me after that.

    Yes, I believe in my heart that (1), there is no god or gods (2) there is no "point" in us being here, no grand design.
     
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  5. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    Hi

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    a close friend i grew up with(i realize some info you should not publicize on the net)
    his father was a pastor
    so he effectively grew up inside or beside the christian church
    he as a teenager was an atheist & incredibly smart A+ kinda student without trying too hard.

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    another girl i spent some time with
    her father was also a pastor
    she grew up very well connected & inside the christian church
    she was what might be considered todays modern christian(secular ideology)
    fabulous woman, a mind sharper than a blade & non judgemental.
     
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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Yes. That's one reason I started two separate threads. This one asks about affiliation - self-identification. The other one attempts to measure religious orientation, based on one's actual beliefs. It is here:

    http://www.sciforums.com/threads/wh...religious-spiritual-beliefs-2021-poll.164029/

    I'm not sure why you assume atheists think they have answers to those questions, but that's a discussion for a different thread.
     
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  8. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Pantheism?
    Never studied this but etymologically it suggests to me that all things ,both animate and inanimate are alive with something.

    It seems to me to be an uncontroversial belief as no consequences flow from it (we know the natural environment can be variously kind or harsh ,warm or cold meaningful or senseless).

    As with other belief systems though my skin crawls when/if it is institutionalized (although I think that that institutionalization is meat and drink to others of different sensibilities)

    Against pantheism is its all pervasiveness so that it loses any real significance.(just as well since life is at once too short for tomfoolery as well as too insignificant for anything else)
     
  9. Changeling Registered Senior Member

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    Could you add Neoism? Thanks!
     
  10. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    i like your avatar picture thats really awesome
     
  11. psikeyhackr Live Long and Suffer Valued Senior Member

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    Transcendental Agnostic:

    I presume that if there is a God then He/She/It has a lower opinion of religion than I do.
     

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