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Subject: If your current religion didn't exist...
Date Posted: 11/23/2007 9:41 PM ET
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which religion do you think you'd be?

Date Posted: 11/23/2007 9:56 PM ET
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I don't have a religion at all.  But if I had to choose one - I might be a Buddhist.

 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/24/2007 9:26 PM ET
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Buddhist or Hindu

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 10:42 PM ET
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I dont follow a religion, but I was raised Protestant.  If I were choosing a religion hypothetically, I've always been intrigued by Judaism, Hebrew's such a cool language.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 11:48 PM ET
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If your own belief system didn't exist but if it were based on eternal truth, wouldn't you observe how the Earth and the cosmos behave and have to invent just about the same thing?  Honestly, if the aim is to align yourself with the truth the name of a denomination might not exist but that doesn't mean reality, including transcendental reality, would change, now does it?



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 12:20 AM ET
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Good point, Rainey.

I guess I read the question as, "What other major religions, if any, do you feel aligned with?"

 

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 2:40 AM ET
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Hebrew's such a cool language. 

Oh sure, you say that now Vanessa, but just try having to learn it!!

;-)

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 8:14 AM ET
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Regarding Hebrew, I had a Jewish roommate a few years back. She had been around it much of her life and still it was hard for her to get. I did the cop out and took Spanish=)

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 8:33 AM ET
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If I were not a Christian, I would probably still be the arrogant Atheist that I was once upon a time.

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 9:28 AM ET
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Chris - no offense intended, but do you think all atheists are arrogant, or do you just consider yourself to have been an arrogant atheist? 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 6:58 PM ET
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If I werent agnostic Id be an atheist.

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 2:40 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/23/2007 8:54 PM ET
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It took me a long time to admit to myself that I am a non-believer.  I was raised in the Baptist church and the beliefs and fear mongering so entrenched in me that it took years to get past it.  

All the Christians I know are atheists in terms of believing in Zeus, Apollo, Mithras, etc.  But they don't understand it when you try to explain it to them, because their beliefs are the only "true beliefs." 

And yeah, if I weren't an agnostic, I'd be an atheist too.

 

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 9:30 PM ET
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"People have no idea of the handicaps they are giving their children when they discourage free thinking in favor of "because I said so", and variations on that theme ('because the preacher says so', 'because this book says so' etc. - - citing presumed authorities.. authorities established without quantifiable qualifications)."

 

This very thought has been on my mind tonight. 

I am both standing up at the computer applauding and sinking in horror at the idea of 3yos being propped up to mouth some "truth" that they "know" which fills their inquisitive little minds in the place of some real discovery and, ultimately, makes them dependent on the myths.  Others here have already said it in other threads but when you restrict a mind from inquiring it's no less an abuse than binding feet. 

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 9:47 PM ET
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Well, probably Buddhist because it seems more of a philosophy of dealing with life (learning to go with the flow)

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 12:58 AM ET
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I was raised Roman Catholic, but for most of my adulthood I considered myself agnostic. I now try to live by Buddhist philosophy, which is based on kindness and compassion.  I also believe in karma & re-birth, so if I didn't follow Buddhism, I'd probably search more into Hindu(?).  

My family was supportive of me learning & choosing for myself, so I do consider myself 'lucky'.  I do wish however, that all children could be educated & exposed to ALL holiday's / traditions / faiths so that they know and can decide on their own.  It is very difficult to try and learn so much as an adult .  Not to mention, spiritual education, could help minimize the present day prejudices, teach acceptance, and respect / tolerance for others.  

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama & psychiatrist Dr Howard Cutler is very inspiring, no matter which faith you are from.  If I could, I would give a copy to EVERYONE I know! 

I'm also searching here for anything written by Robert Thurman... 

Very Interesting Topic - Thanks! 

 

 

   

 

 

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Date Posted: 1/20/2008 4:28 PM ET
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I do realize this is a very touchy subject and I hope anything I say does not offend anyone.  I try hard not to be 'opinionated'. 

 

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 3:29 PM ET
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I would probably worship chocolate.  :-)

In all seriousness, though, I've always been fascinated by Celtic practices / beliefs, both before and after Christianity. I like to try and imagine what my ancient Irish ancestors did, back before the first Christian missionaries came. I've been reading a lot of books on ancient Celtic beliefs.  There's a lot to study.

Very, very fascinating, at least for me.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 7:03 PM ET
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Hmmm, just read some stuff about the people who worshipped the gods Bacchus & Silenus.  Apparently they got very drunk and took hallucinogenic drugs and danced themselves into exhaustion.   Sounds like my kind of religion.  Imagine, instead of early morning church or synagogue service you have to attend the weekly rave. 

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 1:40 PM ET
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Chris - no offense intended, but do you think all atheists are arrogant, or do you just consider yourself to have been an arrogant atheist?

 

I don't think that all atheiests are arrogant--I just know that I was.  Just wanted to answer Beverly's question.

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 11:47 PM ET
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I tend to follow the religion of myself (don't yell at me before you finish reading), I was raised to believe in whatever feels right to you.  I can walk into some Protestant churches and feel right at home, and I can walk into my friendly neighborhood Buddhist temple and feel all warm and cushy as well.  I feel that most mainstream religions can be (quite generically) summed up with the idea of be nice and you will be rewarded (yes, I know that I am way over-simplifying the matter, but still).  So, I take the parts of all religions that seem to make sense to me and believe in them, and ignore everything that feels dreadfully wrong.  This of course means that no one will ever believe in the same things I do, but I really don't care.

If I had to choose a single religion barrel to throw all my apples in it would be Buddhism.  The first time I walked into the temple I was never asked about my beliefs, I was never told that my views were wrong, I was never told that I was going to burn in the fire of a place I don't even know if I believe exists.  After the meditation session, I felt like I had taken my brain out of my head and scrubbed it clean.  It was perhaps the single greatest feeling of peace I have ever had (and yes, I still am not a Buddhist.  I just go to the temple on overly stressful weeks to get the weeds out of my brain)

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 3:41 PM ET
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My religion requires that I believe all other religions are wrong.  Therfore, if it didn't exist, than that means God doesn't exist, and I would have to be athiest.

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 9:53 PM ET
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I like Jeffrey P.'s answer I'm gonna take a different slant on it.

My religion says that God created me, therefore if he doesn't exist, neither do I. LOL!!

But for the sake of argument, if I am existing apart from God existing, then I would most certainly worship ME.  I am quite good at it already (sad to say)  However, not being very powerful and therefore probably not having much success with getting many to follow the religion of ME...as opposed to the religion of YOU...then I would have to hitch my wagon to another system or person that furthered my personal agenda of ME while not offending the most powerful YOU's so that ME is not short-lived, literally. LOL!!

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:56 AM ET
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Any of you folks spend any time reading in The Golden Bough, by Frazier?  It's a compendium of ideas, concepts, notions, and myths people have had about 'religion' down through the centuries.  The history of 'religion' is simply fascinating, and many of the 'religious' practices of various human societies are mind-boggling. 

The myriad rituals (of the pagans, polytheists, and/or monotheists)  Frazier describes are intriguing.   You will see to where a lot of the symbolism in present-day 'religion' traces (e.g. blood, water, eggs, the color white, wine, bread, greenery, scapegoats, etc.)  

But I would submit  a more basic question is-----is there  some ultimate meaning in the cosmos, and if we decide "Yes", then can we ever get even an inkling of it, given the limitations of our minds?

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