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Old 11-23-2010, 01:29 AM
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What a beautiful array of religions / philosophies under one forum! Right now, I am undecided. I was raised Presbyterian but left the Church at 13, even though I still lived next door to it until 16. I explored Buddhism for many many years, but discovered that I still have a difficult time settling on one philosophy. In the meantime, I enjoy reading about others viewpoints instead. Such a unique world we live in!! I'm happy with me until / if I make a decision for myself.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:36 PM
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I was raised Jewish. I don't really practice any religion at this point... I'm open to a lot of pagan ideas and rituals however.
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:01 AM
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I am atheist. I grew up VERY religious and found more questions than answers. This is just my view. My parents broke religion for me and I completely lost interest. I would shed blood to protect other peoples' right to believe what they see fit. That said, I am a very spiritual person.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:09 PM
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I was raised Protestant (Lutheran until my teens, then Dutch Reformed). When I was little, I was very fearful of the devil. I started questioning things in my teens. I then dabbled in a New Age-y kind of Wicca briefly in my 30s, but that was mostly because I was apprenticing with an herbalist who was also a green witch, and she had us all taking part in rituals. I never actually believed in any of it, though the idea of a goddess appealed to me more than a bearded old man on a throne. I have been agnostic for quite some time now. I used to call myself "spiritual," but that doesn't do it for me anymore. Not sure if I believe in a spirit. I do think we may each have something at the center of ourselves, that is like the essence of who we are. I call it my spark, rather than my spirit, and I think it might be what connects us all but I don't know where it comes from. I picture it kind of like a pilot light.

I don't know what's out there, and it isn't important to me to try and figure it out. I just believe in being good for goodness' sake, not for any kind of religious reasons, and in treating people respectfully and the way I want to be treated. I think love is very important. I also feel that Heaven and Hell are what we create here in our lives on this planet, and it's preposterous to assume that we know anything about what happens after we die. I also very much support keeping church and state separate. My soon-to-be-ex husband is Catholic with a bit of a Buddhist leanings, but he will probably never let go of his Catholic guilt. The new guy in my life is a Humanist, which fits quite well with my outlook.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:18 AM
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i identify with "pagan." NYCindy, you sound like you might identify with a "pantheist" worldview. i lean somewhere between pantheist and pagan, with taoism thrown in there as well.

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Old 11-29-2010, 12:41 AM
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NYCindy, you sound like you might identify with a "pantheist" worldview.
No, I think I'm more of a non-theist than a pantheist.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:30 AM
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What do you see as the difference between pantheism and non-theism? It sounds like pantheism is just non-theism by just renaming universe as "god." Is that right?
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:39 AM
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What do you see as the difference between pantheism and non-theism? It sounds like pantheism is just non-theism by just renaming universe as "god." Is that right?
Not to hijack this thread, but from how I understand it, pantheists see divinity or sacredness in everything, whether they call it god, the cosmos, or the universe. They don't view god or the divine as a solitary being, but something that is in everything and everyone. They tend to be very nature-oriented. A non-theist, as opposed to an atheist who says there is no god, rejects definitions. A non-theist doesn't necessarily recognize nor deny that there is such a thing as the divine or sacred, doesn't feel a need to know, and is perfectly okay with the ambiguity and uncertainty. Really, I don't care.

I'm basically an agnostic, but agnosticism as a term is rather vague -- means not knowing, but not knowing what? You can be an agnostic theist, saying you don't know for certain that god exists, but you believe in god anyway, despite not knowing. Some agnostics claim to not know one thing but then believe in others. My citing myself as a non-theist was only to clarify that my brand of agnosticism is not like pantheism, since someone said I sounded like a pantheist. No, I don't look at a cloud and see a divine presence. Though I do feel that there is something that connects humanity, I wouldn't necessarily call that divine. Pantheism doesn't ring true for me, and atheism leaves no room for possibility. So I'm an agnostic non-theist. I guess!
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:08 PM
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Just wante to comment on the richness of faith I'm blessed to be surrounded by in my life.

I'm an ecclectic pagan following primarily Tyr, but also Kali, Morrigan, Coyote.... even Papa Legba stops by every now and then

Mohegan is a native american shaman.

My brother is Buddist (I can never spell than right...)

My best friend is a fundamental Taoist.

My girlfriend practices an intriguing blend of paganism and Voudoun (again, hope I spelled that right.... don't yell at me, Cricket )

Along the way I've met and had varying degrees of relationship with Christians (both the scary kind and the kind I actually respect), Muslims, Jews, Satanists, Luciferians, Nihilists, Atheists, Druids, and Agnostics.

I feel lucky now
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:53 PM
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What do you see as the difference between pantheism and non-theism? It sounds like pantheism is just non-theism by just renaming universe as "god." Is that right?
Hi, its a bit of a tangent but Quath's definition above was Spinoza's type of pantheism (one my favorite Jewish heretics )
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