What's your religion? I'm just curious. This isn't a thread to debate religion or philosophies, I'm just curious about the distribution of beliefs we have on our board.
I tried to include most major religions, if I forgot one I apologize in advance.
Due to the large numbers of Christians and Muslims, I broke those down in to larger subcategories. I also tried to organism them by number of adherants, so please don't think I think less of the religions near the bottom ;)
Mar 17th, 2002, 11:50 PM
I consider myself a deist.
Mar 17th, 2002, 11:52 PM
Christian-catholic here :wavey: :bounce:
What means a deist? :confused:
Mar 17th, 2002, 11:54 PM
Deists believe basically that a supreme being created the universe and gave us free will... then stopped influencing us. Basically that "God" created us and has left us alone since.
Mar 17th, 2002, 11:55 PM
I'm an atheist now but I was raised according the Roman catholic tradition like over 90% of the people in this country.
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:04 AM
Now I understand. Thanx Scott :wavey:
Josh, in which country do you live? :rolleyes:
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:05 AM
Your best neighbour in the west. ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:07 AM
Martinaist, I practice Martinaism.
Oh, out of the choices, atheism seems like a good enough religion to be in ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:12 AM
I was also a Baha'i for most of my life... but I have some issues with a few of their teachings. I would still think the Baha'i Faith has some influence on me though.
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:16 AM
a recovered Catholic....thank gawd
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:17 AM
Christianity- Roman Catholic. :angel:
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:27 AM
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:29 AM
I first was born as Orthodox-christian and then converted to an christian-catholic.:wavey:
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:33 AM
Jordan, isn't that a Protestant sect?
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:40 AM
I said agnostic - I kind of can't beleive anything that I don't see any proof of, but i don't deny that there may be something that exists that put us here - so thats the closest thing to what I am I think.
I've always had problems being taught something that was claimed to be the absolute truth, where no one could give me sufficient evidence to beleive that.
Mar 18th, 2002, 12:40 AM
Mar 18th, 2002, 01:07 AM
Originally posted by Scotso
Jordan, isn't that a Protestant sect?
I really dont know,I guess it is...:confused: :)
Mar 18th, 2002, 01:27 AM
Don't worry, Randalla Hoffmanova is a deist and she picked other too. Silly girl! ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 01:45 AM
I didn't think anyone else would have picked deist and was surprised to see 2 votes after I picked it. No surprise that it was Scotso, in retrospect. :)
I always labeled myself an agnostic until I found out what a deist is. Agnostic was never a good fit anyway...I definitely believe in a higher power. This perfectly functioning machine of a universe couldn't have started itself...too many patterns and such. Numbers, languages, the cyclical nature of time, the existence of matter...way too difficult to just happen or even evolve. Something set it up and we're really starting to figure it out...
Mar 18th, 2002, 01:47 AM
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:01 AM
:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:03 AM
Did you pick it? :p It's not showing up.
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:05 AM
There 'tis ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:13 AM
Although during my high school life I attended Catholic school, the last few years I began to have second thoughts about the religion. I would list myself as Agnostic. I'm basically undecided about the whole religion thing. :confused: :)
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:21 AM
I like your avatar ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:27 AM
Well, I had my fun with the Milli Vanilli errr Venus avatar and signature, so I decided to change it. I orginally tried to put Iva in there but it kept saying it was too big :mad: so I chose Nathalie from the WTAworld selection since I didn't see anybody else with it ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 02:29 AM
allez Nat :D
Mar 18th, 2002, 04:14 AM
I am a Christian-Protestant (Baptist, to be exact).
Mar 18th, 2002, 10:12 AM
I'm an athiest don't believe in any god i think the bible is a heap of lies!But thats another story!
Mar 18th, 2002, 03:28 PM
Mar 18th, 2002, 03:46 PM
religion???:eek: :eek: :eek: I don't even believe in myself, I could never believe in someone I've never seen
Mar 18th, 2002, 03:59 PM
same as Josh and the majority of people in this country: brought up a catholic but now an atheïst. Not many young people in this country believe in god.
Mar 18th, 2002, 04:15 PM
Mar 18th, 2002, 04:26 PM
I believe in God, who or whatever it is...
I'm raised in a catholic way, but personally I prefer protestantism. It gives you more freedom.
But I never judge people based on their religion.
Not that I'm such a religion guy. I only go to church a few times a year and religion has very few influence in my personal life.
Mar 18th, 2002, 04:37 PM
I'm an atheist, like Tine, Josh and half-time...I wasn't raised catholic, religion never made part of my life...
Damn, half-time, still love your avatar (second time I've said this...:) )
Mar 18th, 2002, 04:52 PM
I am catholic, but I dont like it because I HATE ALL RELIGIONS! :(
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 18th, 2002, 05:11 PM
I am a Hindu and essentially so is everybody else ;)
Hinduism teaches that all paths to God are good, no matter if you call him Buddah, Jesus, Mohammed, Venus ;), or whatever :)
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 18th, 2002, 05:13 PM
Oh, and interesting to note Scott that most of our founding fathers in the USA considered themselves Deist (George Washington, John Adams, Ben Franklin, etc.).
That is why our constitution is written in such an open free-will way. Too bad that the people after them interpreted it as a Judeo-Christian type Constitution and thus did a lot of damage early on in the formative years following the creation of the USA.
Thank GOD (no pun intended) that it is being repaired now....albeit slower than I would like.
Mar 18th, 2002, 05:14 PM
Christian-Assembly of God(Pentacostal)
Backslidin' one by the way:p
Mar 18th, 2002, 05:19 PM
I am a Wiccan
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Mar 18th, 2002, 09:45 PM
Our first Wiccan ;)
Still no Mormons, Shiah Muslims, Jews, Baha'is, or Tribal religion practicioners? I'm sure we have some ;)
Mar 18th, 2002, 09:49 PM
I was brough up a Catholic so I'll voted that way but I'm a Unatarian Univeralist by nature :)
Mar 19th, 2002, 06:09 AM
Mar 19th, 2002, 06:26 AM
:) I'm ew from thailand
Mar 19th, 2002, 09:04 AM
I'm a Muslim... but even though I put my choice as Shiah, I've never really considered myself as part of a sub-group, more like part of one whole religion....
Funny thing is that almost all my good friends are either Catholics or just Christians... and I wouldn't know what I'd do without them!!! I just don't hang out with other Muslims as much as I should be I guess....... ;)
Mar 19th, 2002, 09:18 AM
hey im a christian - protestant i used to be church of england when i was at home but i didnt really experience much from God there. Im a baptist now i am getting baptised next month - the church is much more free in its worship and the lord has really touched me since going there ( my church in crewe while im at uni).
Mar 19th, 2002, 11:59 AM
Mar 19th, 2002, 12:00 PM
I was raised catholic... but haven't been to church in a grip :o (my parents don't force it upon me to go) .. but i still consider myself catholic i do still go to confession though atleast once a month :o:o
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 19th, 2002, 01:45 PM
another Hindu :)
Mar 19th, 2002, 02:01 PM
I have a Ganesh pendant ;)
May Vishnu watch over you ;)
or something like that.
Still no Mormons, Baha'is, Jews, or Tribal peoples?
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 19th, 2002, 04:48 PM
Scott, I don't worship Ganeha or Vishnu ;)
But thanks for the kind words :)
Mar 19th, 2002, 05:48 PM
Christian Protestant here (Southern Baptist to be exact), and recipient of the greatest gift ever given to man - salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ! He is Risen!
Mar 19th, 2002, 05:58 PM
VSFan1 aka Joshua L. :), glad to see I'm not alone :).
Mar 19th, 2002, 06:55 PM
Good for you, nash ;)
Mar 19th, 2002, 08:07 PM
Most of the voices of the American and European Enlightenments were deists...Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau (I think)....those three in particular influenced the more notable voices of the American Enlightenment in Philadelphia, as VS Fan said...Ben Franklin most strongly...
Mar 19th, 2002, 08:26 PM
Voltaire and Rousseau, yep.
Not sure about Montesquieu, I think he may have been more of an atheist.
Mar 19th, 2002, 08:41 PM
Mar 20th, 2002, 02:45 AM
Well, Montesquieu felt that aristocrats were somewhat divine, insofar as their right to rule was concerned. So one could jump to the conclusion that if he was instilling divinity in humans, he didn't put much stock into the divinity of gods. I think I still recall M being lumped into the deist philosophes, but I'll defer to you, since religion and I haven't necessarily been on speaking terms for quite some times, and have only recently tried to rectify our sordid relationship.
So, smartypants, wanna write my reaction paper on the Communist Manifesto? It's due tomorrow. :p
Mar 20th, 2002, 03:43 AM
As Josh, Tine and others, I was raised as a Catholic but I am now a convinced atheist
Mar 20th, 2002, 04:39 AM
I'm a democratic socialist.
I don't believe in communism :p
So no :p Plus, I need to be writing my paper on the justification of the atomic bomb :rolleyes:
Mar 20th, 2002, 05:18 AM
When did this turn into "What is your political ideology?"
I don't BELIEVE in Communism, but I still have to write the damn paper. Anyway, I'm finished and it's spec-TAC-ular, so nyahh. :p
[hides all of Scotso's papers]
Mar 20th, 2002, 05:24 AM
good, with those out of the way we can get to the humping!
Mar 20th, 2002, 05:33 AM
Eh...I still have a stats midterm to study for. But what the hell!
Mar 20th, 2002, 05:37 AM
Mar 20th, 2002, 05:45 AM
Hinduism teaches that all paths to God are good, no matter if you call him Buddah, Jesus, Mohammed, Venus , or whatever
FYI, if you think that Muhammad is our God, you're wrong!
He's not a God, He's Islam's prophet.
I'm a Muslim, and as ZUt16 says, i don't consider myself as a believer of a sub-religion. But believer in one whole religion which we called ISLAM!
Mar 20th, 2002, 05:51 AM
No need to get testy :(
Mar 20th, 2002, 12:17 PM
I was raised catholic.Who doesn't in Spain?Anyway,i never liked it nor felt good with that religion.About 3 years ago i started doing a lot of readings about other religions,and the one i agree with the most,the closest to what i've always thought life should be is buddhism.
Mar 20th, 2002, 02:15 PM
Christian - Protestant (lutheran)
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 20th, 2002, 09:22 PM
rhz - I apologize for offending you - it was not intentional.
I should have known that, I'm sorry :)
Mar 21st, 2002, 01:23 AM
I'm a Roman Catholic, and strictly believe that those who are pro-choice, think that the Eucharist is but a symbol, and disregard the Pope are wrong.
The Catholic faith is very strong, and the values it stands for are, in my opinion, superb. But the Church as an institution is an embaressment, practicing techniques two millenia old. For example, I am a male, but to suggest that women can't be priests because of the apostles is an utter joke. The apostles were men because a preaching woman at the time would be stoned to death, not listened to. Jesus was a realist, not sexist...
...but there I go on a tangent again...
Mar 21st, 2002, 06:34 AM
I consider myself a Catholic being brought up that way, but I haven't been to church in the longest while...
Mar 21st, 2002, 06:40 AM
CATOLICO, APOSTOLICO Y MEXICANO
Mar 21st, 2002, 07:26 AM
I believe in tennis! :o :angel:
(Okay, execpt of that I'm Christianity - Protestant):D
Mar 21st, 2002, 11:36 AM
Hmmm, this is a very interesting thread. I didn't realise we have so many religion on earth.
I was born and raised as budhism, but since I went to Catholic high school, I am Catholic now and had been baptisted.
Wow, I didn't know that Belgian has many atheist :eek: :eek:
But again, I think we all are the same, whichever religion we have. Here in wtaworld, we all are tennis "followers" :)
Mar 21st, 2002, 12:17 PM
This is a good thread, I'm a Christian and go to a Baptist church and I go to a Church of England school....I didn't realise that there were so many religions but I'm not sure what Baha'i and Christianity - Mormon are?
Mar 21st, 2002, 12:36 PM
I'm Jewish. it's very nice to meet you all:) .
I know most of the religions you've mentioned here, but this is the first time I've ever heard of "Deist". I have some questions if you don't mind- is it a christian religion? do they believe in heaven or any kind of after life? thank you.
Mar 21st, 2002, 02:25 PM
hey i-girl... vote for "Judaism" in the poll ;)
our first Jewish person to respond... I'm glad. I know there are others on the board but they won't reply...
Mar 21st, 2002, 02:27 PM
Deism isn't Christianity... and most don't believe in heaven and the supernatural aspects of religion. I guess you could though. Deism doesn't really have a set definition I suppose.
Mar 21st, 2002, 02:29 PM
The Baha'i Faith is the worlds fastest growing religion. If you want some information on it, http://www.bahai.org/ is a good site to visit.
Mormons are mainly in the United States... Salt Lake City is basically a Mormon city (where the Olympics were held). Their beliefs are somewhat different from most other Christian groups which often leads them from being rejected as not being Christian, but IMO since they believe in Jesus that makes them Christian. But this isn't a debate really ;) If you want more info on Mormonism, http://www.lds.org/ is the website to go to.
Mar 21st, 2002, 03:07 PM
My family is really screwed up! Though I was raised a Presbyterian, about half the family is Roman Cathiloc. I bristle at Catholisim as it is the very personification of what bothers me about Big Time Religion: The Very Arrogance of it all! The Cathiloc Church has been guilty of all kinds of religious terrorisim over the last 2000 years and, yet, call themselves the only true religion! Unbelieveable!
Mar 21st, 2002, 03:26 PM
Thanks Scotso for the infomation :) I found in particular The Baha'i Faith extremly intresting :)
Mar 22nd, 2002, 11:15 PM
I choose other. I'm raised as an Catholic, but my father is an atheist. I had a time I didn't believe but now a believe in a higher power, and I took many things from the big religions to believe in.
The most from buddism. I believe in reincarnation and karma.
Apr 12th, 2002, 07:56 PM
bump :eek: :sad:
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:07 PM
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:11 PM
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:17 PM
I'm catholic but I don't go to church or anything (maybe once a year)
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:21 PM
Catholic, but I go to the church one week a year only.
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:51 AM
I went to an Anglican highschool, but I am not religious. I don't respect the church, because quite frankly, the church doesn't respect me (in being bi), and I find alot of people from church to be hypocritical. But now I know what a deist is, I should have picked that! (I picked atheist - but I do believe something made us etc...).