What is your faith (or lack thereof) ?

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    Jan 29, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    Since we lack a poll system on these forums, I'll pose this as a simple questionnaire.

    I'm kind of curious as to the beliefs of the RJ community (which may be more or less representative of the gay community in general).

    I'm only going to count verified members or members with with a history (over a month and with a photo - no disrespect intended, this is to weed out troll responses).

    Please reply by selecting the option that most closely matches your belief system - and that's it. I'm not looking for flame-fests or drawn out discussions about why one belief or non-belief is better than the other.

    EDIT: Modified the last option and added another to be a little more inclusive for different shades of atheist thought.

    I realize there are a ton of options here... hopefully I've covered my bases. icon_smile.gif

    Thanks for participating. icon_smile.gif

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    a - Christian: Liberal or Mainstream Protestant (Unitarian, MCC, etc.)

    b - Christian: Conservative/Evangelical/Fundamentalist Protestant

    c - Christian: Roman Catholic

    d - Christian: Orthodox (Greek/Russian or other non-Latin rite)

    e - Christian: Other

    f - Jewish: (practicing/observant)

    g - Muslim

    h - Hindu

    i - Buddhist

    j - Paganism/Wicca/Shamanism

    k - Other Belief in Higher Power

    l - Lapsed, but still a believer

    m - Agnostic/Questioning

    n - Moderate Atheist who doesn't let others' beliefs trouble him much.

    o - Militant (or firmly grounded) Atheist - sees little or no room for irrationality or supersitition/fairy tales.

    p - Secular Humanist - Man can define his own "god(s)" - even if it is himself.
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    Jan 29, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    E christian -other

    -Doug

    N Atheist who is non-concerned about others' beliefs

    -Bill
  • Delivis

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    Jan 30, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    None of those desribe me.

    I am an atheist (i.e. i do not believe in a god/gods). I do not make man out to be a god. And i am, as i think most people are, interested in what others believe in.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 30, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    I fall into the m category which is Agnostic/Questioning. However as time goes on, I seem to be leaning more towards being an atheist. I think that the Holy Bible is nothing more than a huge book of ancient fairy tales written over the milleniums.
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    Jan 30, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    I grew up exposed to both Catholicism and Buddhism, so I just formulated my own version of spirituality over the years. I believe the fundamental message in most of the major faiths is the same anyway. In the end, a person's actions is more important than what faith he subscribes to.
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    Jan 30, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Delivis saidNone of those desribe me.

    I am an atheist (i.e. i do not believe in a god/gods). I do not make man out to be a god. And i am, as i think most people are, interested in what others believe in.


    lol, Delivis, from reading some of your past topics about religion, I'm thinking you're rather type o.
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    Jan 30, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    Well,I guess im the only A so far huh?lol

    Im Liberal so I like to give the Lord his due through shouting,singing or dancing. Also,im open to hear others' beliefs.


    Hope other A's join in with me.haha
  • Delivis

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    Jan 30, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Delivis saidNone of those desribe me.

    I am an atheist (i.e. i do not believe in a god/gods). I do not make man out to be a god. And i am, as i think most people are, interested in what others believe in.


    lol, Delivis, from reading some of your past topics about religion, I'm thinking you're rather type o.


    Not at all. I do not believe that man is his own god, whatever that means. Nor do i think there is no room for irrationality.
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    Jan 30, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Gads, I missed that. You get your own letter!

    -Doug

    P atheist who is curious about others' beliefs but not hostile. I think that's really Bill as well.
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    Jan 31, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidk - Other Belief in Higher Power

    Religions crack me up. Here's this multidimensional omnipotent entity, but we're able to define it in human terms. Yeah right. That would be like asking a grasshopper to write my bio. If 'god' is that much greater than us, how on earth would we have the reference points to be able to understand it, its motivations, its design? The whole premise is just absurd.



    Wow, I LOVE this! It reminds me of a something a character said in a book by one of my fav authors...

    The year is 1893..

    "Father took the bible from the stack of books. He thumbed back from our place to Psalms and read the 'when I consider the heavens' one. As I listened all at once the tight little world I knew, overtopped by the tight little heaven I wondered about, suddenly split right down the middle and and stretched and grew and filled with such a glory I was scared and grabbed the edge of the table. If Timmy had come from another planet so far away it wasn't even one we had a name for - !

    I knew that never again would my mind think it could measure the world - or my imagination, the extent of god's creation!"

    Troubling of the water -Zenna Henderson

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    Jan 31, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
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    Jan 31, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
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    Jan 31, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidFlying_Spaghetti_Monster.jpg?1241373617


    ^^ Win.

    Officially, I was baptized (not necessarily against my will, but unknowingly, nonetheless) as Roman Catholic when I was a baby. I eventually went through the motions, did all the Sacraments, yadda yadda...

    In reality, I'm a cross between a moderate atheist and a secular humanist. I am not necessarily concerned with the beliefs of others unless it concretely affects my own life. I do not believe in "God" so much as a sentient entity, but rather I share Einstein's view of God. When Einstein used the word "God", he was referring to the entirety of the laws of the universe - all known and unknown laws of nature. The laws of gravity, quantum physics, etc.
    I also think that we can define our own "gods", in other words, what we personally find sacred and therefore revere. I believe that humans can attain a "divine" state of being simply by reaching one's own fullest potential.
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    Feb 08, 2011 7:40 AM GMT
    i'm a mixture of a lot of the above...spiritual but non confining.......keith
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    Feb 27, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    My faith is christian but i am a Seventh Day Adventist.
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    Mar 02, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    I suppose I would be A-Christian: [Liberal or] Mainstream Protestant but I would hardly call my denomination and church (United Methodist) liberal; rather it is a mix of mainstream and evangelical. I HATE the use of the terms liberal and conservative because it reeks of political undertones. The church I attend simply proclaims the Good News but does it without force and use of political action while also attending to the needs of the hurting, brokenhearted, downtrodden, lonely, and hungry.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    i haven't figured out if i believe in anything yet .
    but i was baptised as a roman catholic a long long time ago .
  • BardBear

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    Mar 02, 2011 11:05 AM GMT
    Took the quiz over on BeliefNet.com.

    It says I most resember a NeoPagan. Ummmm, Satyrs.....

    However, I do practice Zen meditation and Tao styles of living. So I count that as my spirituality moreso these days.

    Peace,
    Bardy
  • The6Degrees

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    Mar 18, 2011 10:48 AM GMT
    j - Paganism/Animism/Shamanism

    Life is more fun with more gods!

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    Mar 24, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    I grew up technically "a" but in the Bible Belt, so it was tinged by a bit of "b." Today, I'm an atheist, somewhere between "n" and "o." If someone has religious beliefs that are consistent with respect for me and mine, I may not get it but I'm cool with it. But I have little patience for others using their religious beliefs as the basis for discrimination or even disrespect.

    I have been told this kind of intolerance is inconsistent with a liberal viewpoint. I disagree. One is not required to tolerate intolerance.
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    Mar 25, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    Buddhist.

    EDIT: I suppose I should expand upon this. I don't practice Buddhism as a religion, I strive to have my actions motivated by empathy. Buddhism has helped me to do that.
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    Apr 05, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    faith-wise, im a secular humanist I guess... Im not too concerned with faith in god or stories... wht ever is there will be there and what I believe, wont change it... I cant change the natural order of what is... I certainly accept there may be such things as "spirits" .. but to be too concerned with them is of no consequence to how things are

    Practice-wise, im universal, Ill celebrate Christmas with the family, ill go to a hindu temple or attend shabat with a friend, Ill say "salamu 'aleikum" when I meet a muslim, ill prostrate and chant in a buddhist monastery... ill adapt according to my surroundings
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    Apr 05, 2011 7:48 AM GMT
    My religion that i was raised with is catholic i still do certian thinngs but i hate the catholic church and every other organized religion its all a cult and its all crap now i identifiy as wiccan
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    Apr 05, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    I fall somewhere between N, O, and P.

    I'm closest to a secular humanist, but I would like to see religions abolished.