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Are you religious?
Yes I follow a religion. 33%  33%  [ 13 ]
Yes, I consider myself to belong to a religion but I don't actively follow it. 10%  10%  [ 4 ]
No, I'm not religious but would like to be. 5%  5%  [ 2 ]
No, I'm an atheist. 46%  46%  [ 18 ]
I follow a religion but I don't really believe. 5%  5%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 39

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05 Aug 2012, 6:38 pm

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I have no religion but I am not an atheist.
What does that make me?

If you are not an atheist, you are probably a theist.

I am open to several possibilities about God. I don't follow any traditional doctrine, what I do follow draws upon Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.



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05 Aug 2012, 7:55 pm

The_Walrus wrote:
roronoa79 wrote:
I have no religion but I am not an atheist.
What does that make me?

If you are not an atheist, you are probably a theist.

I am open to several possibilities about God. I don't follow any traditional doctrine, what I do follow draws upon Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.


I'm agnostic and largely indifferent to the "God" question. I feel like the concept of a conscious cosmic being is too narrow to be the main point of contention/identification in a religious discussion.


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06 Aug 2012, 6:08 am

Well then, you are agnostic, or open minded, or something.



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06 Aug 2012, 6:52 am

I believe in wholesale, not retail.

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06 Aug 2012, 9:22 am

I am a Catholic.



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06 Aug 2012, 10:06 am

I am not an atheist, because I believe in myself :)



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06 Aug 2012, 1:16 pm

Although, based on some recent research, there are a higher percentage of Autists who are atheists than in the general public, that is not always the case.

Relating to a supreme Being or to the supernatural is, in a sense, a social skill. It also requires empathy.


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06 Aug 2012, 5:06 pm

I believe in a society having a religion (or religions) that promise rewards for being good and the ever-present threat of hell for being evil.
It literally has kept me on the straight and narrow. Well, straighter and more narrow than I would be without that that threat hanging over me.
Being bad is way too much of a temptation for me. :twisted:
I've known lots and lots of others who share that belief so there must be considerable value in it.


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06 Aug 2012, 5:24 pm

Raptor wrote:
I believe in a society having a religion (or religions) that promise rewards for being good and the ever-present threat of hell for being evil.
It literally has kept me on the straight and narrow. Well, straighter and more narrow than I would be without that that threat hanging over me.
Being bad is way too much of a temptation for me. :twisted:
I've known lots and lots of others who share that belief so there must be considerable value in it.


For those who are only capable of being "good" like a clockwork mechanism that is forced to be, I suppose this might be true. Religion might be useful for the morally degenerate who cannot do anything without some sort of selfish reward/punishment scheme to make them approximate decent behaviour, even if they're not truly capable of it.



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06 Aug 2012, 5:36 pm

edgewaters wrote:
Raptor wrote:
I believe in a society having a religion (or religions) that promise rewards for being good and the ever-present threat of hell for being evil.
It literally has kept me on the straight and narrow. Well, straighter and more narrow than I would be without that that threat hanging over me.
Being bad is way too much of a temptation for me. :twisted:
I've known lots and lots of others who share that belief so there must be considerable value in it.


For those who are only capable of being "good" like a clockwork mechanism that is forced to be, I suppose this might be true. Religion might be useful for the morally degenerate who cannot do anything without some sort of selfish reward/punishment scheme to make them approximate decent behaviour, even if they're not truly capable of it.


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Wow, you hit the nail right on the head!

Thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely,
The Moral Degenerate.
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