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alfajeffster
Dec 22nd, 2004, 01:10 PM
With Winter Solstice having just passed, I got to thinking it would be fun and enlightening to begin a discussion here on world religions, religious beliefs, practices, histories, and the many cultures, peoples, folkways and mores present here on the WTAWorld board. I'll start, as I am an American, and a citizen of the United States of America, living here in this country. We are, from my studies, a conglomeration of peoples and religious beliefs from all over the world- a veritible melting pot, although quite different in contrast to the melting pot that is Brazil for example. I was raised in a fundamental christian household, and taught to think that this nation was founded on "traditional" christian principles and doctrines. As I have grown, I have learned to move away from narrow-minded, limited worldviews and to open my mind and see all of the religious influences that make up the tapestry of where I am, and those who came before me, and continue to shape the global future. I now consider myself a citizen of the world, and am thoroughly enjoying learning as much as I can about the history and beliefs that make up the human race as we know it. Where are you from, and what is your religious background and upbringing? Share you thoughts.

alfajeffster
Dec 22nd, 2004, 03:02 PM
Ah well, I tried. Guess I'll jump back into the cesspool of inane conformity...

Helen Lawson
Dec 23rd, 2004, 03:39 PM
I don't really have anything interesting in my religious past, apart from my conversion to Catholicism for Floyd. And like any Catholic in the US, I attend mass about once a year. I don't agree with most stances of the church either but I don't believe "enough" in other religions to make a change and I don't see not agreeing with various stances as being hell-heading so it's not something that concerns me.

But I've been curious a lot of far East religions, particularly Buddhism. I talked in depth to someone about Buddhism, who himself is Buddhist, and it was really interesting, he talked about the significance of the lotus for quite some time, but I didn't want to offend, so I didn't press him much about what the basic tenets are of that religion. Does anyone know?

alfajeffster
Dec 23rd, 2004, 04:03 PM
Buddhism is so comfortable for so many people...