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Religion?

Catholicism
26
12%
Protestantism
25
11%
Eastern Orthodox
12
5%
Judaism
5
2%
Sunni Islam
7
3%
Shiite Islam
2
1%
European Neo-Pagan
10
4%
Tribal Religion
2
1%
Hindu
2
1%
Buddhist
10
4%
Shinto
0
No votes
Atheism
76
34%
Agnostic
23
10%
Other (specify)
23
10%
Mormon
1
0%
Scientologist
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 224

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby ''' » 2011-10-22, 9:42

not to rain on the parade but I think I already started a topic like this viewtopic.php?f=5&t=24652&p=469143&hilit=+religion#p469143
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Ashkhan » 2011-10-22, 9:48

Raised as a Catholic, growing as an Agnostic, reaching the Atheism stage as an adult. I refuse to believe I'm a puppet on the invisible strings attached to somewhere beyond the physical dimension.
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby hlysnan » 2011-10-22, 9:51

''' wrote:not to rain on the parade but I think I already started a topic like this viewtopic.php?f=5&t=24652&p=469143&hilit=+religion#p469143

Should the topics be merged then?

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2011-10-22, 9:52

God shall smite this forum for it is infested with non-believers

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Ashkhan » 2011-10-22, 9:54

Rumpetroll wrote:God shall smite this forum for it is infested with non-believers

Which one? 'Cause, you know, there's a shitload of them.
Personally I want the Great Cthulhu to do this.
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Re: What religion are you?

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Remis » 2011-10-22, 10:27

My dad is atheist or agnostic, I think, and was raised non-religious. I think his parents were agnostics. My mum was raised non-religious as well (aside from going to Church as a tradition), but she is definitely either a spiritist or agnostic (likely the former; she believes in "spirits"/"powers," that there are "evil" powers/spirits, and also healing). Both my parents are baptised and confirmed, however. I'm pretty sure they are, anyway.
I'm atheist and was raised non-religious. I'm not baptised nor confirmed, and the only times I've been to Church have been when it was mandatory to go (during Christmas with class, during a baptisation/confirmation/wedding, etc.).

My mum took me to a healer once, who used this pendulum thing to determine whether my chakras/chi (apparently these guys mix up Hinduism and Chinese philosophy?), and uh... It didn't work that well for me.
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby hlysnan » 2011-10-22, 10:31

I've always thought of confirmation as a purely Roman Catholic sort of thing. I didn't know Lutherans* did that as well.

(I'm making an assumption here)

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Remis » 2011-10-22, 10:36

Yeah, I'm talking about Lutherans/Protestants (those are not exactly the same thing, are they? I'm unsure; OED says that the Lutheran Church is a branch [or a part?] of Protestantism. The ones in Norway call themselves Protestants, anyway).
They do it in Norway at least; I don't know if it's a "thing" in other Lutheran countries. Most of the time when I mention confirmations to people from other countries, they don't know what I'm talking about until I say that it's something like a bar mitzvah.
It's pretty big in Norway; most people do it, even if they're not Christian (and many of the ones who aren't do it through an apparently Norway-exclusive thing called Secular Humanism, which is a lifestance rather than a religion).

Edit: A quick search on Wikipedia tells me that Norway's Evangelical-Lutheran. Okay then.
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby hlysnan » 2011-10-22, 10:52

To me, Lutherans are a branch of Protestant Christianity, but yeah, most Christians I know are Protestants and I've never been to a confirmation, nor have I heard of people going to one over here, but I do know what it is since I have Catholic relatives. I find secular humanism to be very popular philosophy in the west. It's pretty far from being a Norway-exclusive thing, in my opinion.

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Remis » 2011-10-22, 11:01

Huh. That seems weird. I guess it's a Norway-thing then (or a Norway and some other countries-thing, for that matter).
The "exclusive" thing I referred to is something we call "Humanetikk" (Humanethics), which is a branch of secular Humanism, I guess; I just misunderstood Wikipedia and thought that was the translation used for it. :P
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Leviwosc » 2011-10-22, 11:27

I am agnostic since I do not know and I can not know whether there is a god who created the universe, the earth and all earth's creatures. Yet it seems very unlikely to me, still I can not know, though. Therefore I am agnostic and not an atheist.
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Re: What religion are you?

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hlysnan wrote:
''' wrote:not to rain on the parade but I think I already started a topic like this viewtopic.php?f=5&t=24652&p=469143&hilit=+religion#p469143

Should the topics be merged then?


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Re: What religion are you?

Postby |-|[|= » 2011-10-22, 13:59

Poll edited (added other, mormon, scientology). Please revote.

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby johntm » 2011-10-22, 14:02

|-|[|= wrote:cientology

I thought this was about religion, not cults...
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2011-10-22, 14:06

johntm wrote:
|-|[|= wrote:cientology

I thought this was about religion, not cults...

Well, atheism isn't really a religion and it's up there as well.

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Remis » 2011-10-22, 14:29

Rumpetroll wrote:
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|-|[|= wrote:cientology

I thought this was about religion, not cults...

Well, atheism isn't really a religion and it's up there as well.

"Non-religious" or "other" could work for both scientology and atheism (and agnosticism, because that's not a religion either).
That said, I think it's interesting to see the percentage of atheists/agnostics vs. religious people, so personally I think it should stay (Scientology though? Aren't they just extra crazy Christians? Might as well put Westboro Baptist up there).
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Chekhov » 2011-10-22, 14:40

Remis wrote:Scientology though? Aren't they just extra crazy Christians?
Nope, not even close. They're more like your typical UFO cult, although they have bizarre doctrines all their own. Read the Wikipedia article on them sometime and try to not burst out laughing.
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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Tenebrarum » 2011-10-22, 15:07

linguoboy wrote:Buddhism appeals to me, too, but I don't consider it a "religion". At the very least, it's not a theistic one, so there's no contradiction between ticking both that and the "Atheist" box.

It can be a religion, a theistic one to boot. :wink: Buddhism can be... anything.

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Re: What religion are you?

Postby Ashucky » 2011-10-22, 15:20

I went with "Other" since none of the other options suits me. I was raised as a Catholic but the idea of monotheism sounds just wrong to me, polytheism is slightly better but I don't believe in deities as such; I do believe in higher (or lower, maybe it's better to just say other) planes of existence beyond our own. So yeah ... no idea what that'd be called.
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