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What is your faith/doctrine/religion (if any?)

Belatucadros

Bitches love sticks
I was lucky and never had religion pushed on me. My mother was raised Catholic, but always thought it was a bunch of bullshit. Growing up my father was agnostic. They gave us the choice to believe in whatever we want, or nothing at all. Over the years my family became spiritualist, and is what I believe myself. Spiritualism isn't a religion, it's really just a laid back system of beliefs. There's no church, and none of that stupid sin stuff, thank god. To be honest, most of the time I forget I even have a belief.
 

ditta_ragdoll

Patron Mother of Tentacle Smut
Family tried really hard to start me as a Baptist. I never got why everyone had to yell. Wound up wandering towards Taoism when I was a teen, and it kinda meandered further to I guess you could say gentle paganism? I appreciate my tarot cards mostly, use them to get nosey about other people, and I still wind up keeping tenants of Taoism for some reason. Just being polite to everything seems the right to me.
 

Telnac

Fundamentalist Heretic
I find it interesting how few ppl stayed with the religion of their parents, when statistics show that a vast majority of the general population stays with the faith they were raised to believe. I certainly wasn’t raised Protestant.
 

Ovidia Dragoness

Udder Derg
Banned
I find it interesting how few ppl stayed with the religion of their parents, when statistics show that a vast majority of the general population stays with the faith they were raised to believe. I certainly wasn’t raised Protestant.
Honestly it might be because we are so diverse now and everyone has access to everything. When you're forced to believe only one thing you start to get curious. Or people have the guts to approach others nowadays. I mean a few hundred years ago, good luck saying a certain god isn't real. I remember when I deconverted my brother from Christianity. He knew right from wrong and when I told him about the verses about beating a slave, he changed. So I think it might be a mix of the times changing and people no longer being scared to speak up.
 
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ellaerna

Guest
I find it interesting how few ppl stayed with the religion of their parents, when statistics show that a vast majority of the general population stays with the faith they were raised to believe. I certainly wasn’t raised Protestant.
I started dating a Jew.
And my church was racist af, but mostly the jew thing. ;)
 

Kezi Avdiivka

Active Member
There is a creator

there is an afterlife

and I believe we are in a simulation
 
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Sagt

Guest
Haven't ever considered religion as an option. My parents were atheist, and so I ended up being one pretty much by default. I'm not an anti-theist though, that shit's not cool.

Moved around a lot between countries for the most of my childhood, and so I've been exposed to many religious people of different faiths, and of varying levels of devotion. When used as a guideline for living a selfless, kind life, I think it's very respectable, but I'm not a fan of the dogma sometimes involved. That nastiness isn't intrinsic to religion though; I've met plenty of religious people who are very lax about their faith, and even know a guy who uses religion as a way to cope with mental illness. In those applications it's fine as far as I'm concerned.

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PaintedMica

Active Member
I generally follow the Asatru religion. Well, Pagan for short haha. Just thought I'd drop by. Have a nice day!

 

Sabrewulf

Storm Dragon
My parents were raised Catholic and Protestant respectively, but neither really cared about it. So my sisters and I were raised without religion in the household at all. I didn't even fully understand the concept of religion until we learned more about it in school. I had no idea what churches were even there for until I was like 13 (and didn't set foot inside one until another decade later).

At the same time, I grew up in an incredibly diverse neighborhood, and one of my childhood friends was Muslim. We would often play video games at his place, and his mom would always go through a prayer ritual at specific times of the day. It never really struck me as odd. It was just something they did. Same with their Ramadan fasting.

I guess I'm somewhere between atheist and agnostic.
 

Telnac

Fundamentalist Heretic
I guess I'm somewhere between atheist and agnostic.
Word definition nitpik time!

Theist/atheist/polytheist states whether or not you believe in God (or gods in the case of polytheists.) Gnostic/agnostic states how certain you are in that belief. So in your case you’re likely both agnostic and atheist. In common use, most ppl just day they’re agnostic when they mean they’re agnostic atheists. It is possible to be an agnostic theist or polytheist, but most theists/polytheists would claim to know for certain that God(s) exist.
 

MetroFox2

Resident Stone Age Fox
I follow a lot of native beliefs

I need to do some research on Native American religion, it all seems interesting but I've just never got around to it. It's on my bucket list of religions to research alongside Romuva and the religions of pre-Russian Siberia. Anyone got any recommendations of where I could start?
 

Tao

Hare Boi
I need to do some research on Native American religion, it all seems interesting but I've just never got around to it. It's on my bucket list of religions to research alongside Romuva and the religions of pre-Russian Siberia. Anyone got any recommendations of where I could start?

Honestly, I haven't been able to find much on it when I've attempted to research. I learned all I know from a few books given to me by my medicine man that I'm sure are out of print now. Just books of legends and such. You can read a little bit about Cherokee culture on the Cherokee Nation's website though.

www.cherokee.org: General
 

MetroFox2

Resident Stone Age Fox
Honestly, I haven't been able to find much on it when I've attempted to research. I learned all I know from a few books given to me by my medicine man that I'm sure are out of print now. Just books of legends and such. You can read a little bit about Cherokee culture on the Cherokee Nation's website though.

www.cherokee.org: General

Thanks, I'll still have a look for the books, they'd be a nice addition to the collection of foreign culture and religion I'm making. Starting with the Kalevala.
 

Telnac

Fundamentalist Heretic
Transhumanist with Catholic roots, and a bit of a Hobbesian Nietszchean to boot.

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I never thought of transhumanism as a religion. Interesting. I’m a big fan of transhumanism myself but I see of it more like a philosophy I embrace in addition to my Christian beliefs.
 
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BahgDaddy

Guest
I never thought of transhumanism as a religion. Interesting. I’m a big fan of transhumanism myself but I see of it more like a philosophy I embrace in addition to my Christian beliefs.

You can turn anything into a religion if you're dogmatic enough. Sports, TV stars, fandoms, money, atheism, etc. can all be de facto religions if someone wants them to be.
 

Telnac

Fundamentalist Heretic
You can turn anything into a religion if you're dogmatic enough. Sports, TV stars, fandoms, money, atheism, etc. can all be de facto religions if someone wants them to be.
Good point! I can totally see that.

I am quite interested on how this hasn't gone downhill when talking about religion. Of course this is a good thing. Everyone give themselves a pat on the back. Good job everyone
That’s the reason I said this isn’t a debate thread right at the start of the first post. The moment anyone enters into debate about religion the thread turns into a dumpster fire & the original point is forgotten. I’m genuinely curious what ppl believe. We can debate our beliefs later.
 
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ChapterAquila92

Resident Bronze Dragon Kasrkin
Banned
I never thought of transhumanism as a religion. Interesting. I’m a big fan of transhumanism myself but I see of it more like a philosophy I embrace in addition to my Christian beliefs.
Granted, people generally don't see the many branches of humanism (liberalism, socialism, and evolutionary humanism) as religions, even though each one possesses their own inherent dogmas involving a superhuman quality or entity (i.e.: human rights) whose existence is backed by a human authority (i.e.: the UN), maybe also inscribed into some sacred document as decreed or supported by that authority (i.e. the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

For the sake of argument, there's nothing wrong with synchretism, not least of all since we have a tendency to practice it all the time. The animist belief in spirits, the veiled polytheistic nature of saints, the monotheistic belief of an omnipotent deity, and the liberal belief of individualism all mark the modern Christian Westerner to varying degrees for instance, and much of that rides on each religion co-opting elements from previous ones.

Transhumanism is simply a continuation of that tradition as a pacifist solution to evolutionary humanism. With that said, I don't take kindly to machine cultists - those who would sooner create a digital god to worship than help their fellow man transcend their limitations.
 
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