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Old 11-08-2010, 05:44 PM
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I'm pagan/wiccan, honey. <3
I know, sweetie, I just forgot about you <3

KIDDING! I'M KIDDING! Love you.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:19 PM
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Just kind of jumping into this discussion. I only read the first page so apologies if I missed something in the pages in between.

It is easiest for me to identify myself as atheist to other people, although I am not quite sure it describes my beliefs in full.

I was raised Methodist and dabbled in paganism/Wicca for a while. More recently I have been doing my own spiritual exploration and have been feeling better and better about my personal spirituality stance. It doesn't have a name, and I'm not sure I would give it one, so I just tell everyone I am atheist unless I think they will give me the time of day to have a good discussion about it.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:15 PM
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I'm not religious, at least not by conventional definition.

However, I'm very much inspired by Buddhism and practice Buddhist-style meditation pretty regularly.

I suppose I'm one of those "spiritual but not religious" types. And "spirituality," for me, isn't really about what one believes, or claims to believe. It's more about how one lives, or endeavors to live. I'm not very much interested in supernaturalist sorts of beliefs. I am very much interested in growing in lovingkindness toward self and other, as well as in peace, joy, freedom.... These terms don't belong to anyone. They exist in many languages and are common property of all peoples, regardless of religious affiliation or belief.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:42 PM
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I like the term lovingkindness, it is also used in the Hasidic Jewish community (and to a certain extent I think some of the mystical beliefs of this community are a result of Judaism meeting Buddhist and Hindu thought, and it was the Jewish response to those ways of thinking, in a positive way I think).
I have bummed around in a lot of different spiritual and religious positions over the years.
I have had agnostic years, atheist years, intensely Orthodox Jewish study years, pagan years.
At this point, I am a person who enjoys her ethnicity (East European Yid of parents who grew up in Israel), believes there is a God(ess) that is an integral part of the existence of the Universe, that ethical behavior is an essential component of spirituality that is valid (that is a life respecting spirituality), and the rest is custom. I feel that we have such great cultural and biological and religious diversity because God(ess) made it so and saw that "It was good".
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:01 PM
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As I mentioned several months ago, I'm a cradle Catholic (parochial schools and all) in the process of "swimming the Tiber" to the Anglican communion. One of my partners is a second-generation Unitarian Universalist, and the other two are also cradle Catholics of the parochial-school set. One is a Buddhist, and the other an atheist.

We all have fantastic discussions on religion (both civil and sacred) and religious culture, which pleases me NO END.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:16 AM
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I'm poly (though never have been a practising poly and not looking to start any time soon) and I don't have a religion but I do have spiritual belief based loosely on Kemetic (Egyptian) beliefs. I tend to call myself a Kemetic/Egyptian Pagan because it's easiest to explain to people. I chose Isis (Aset) as my higher power of choice as I feel a strong connection to her.

It's interesting to me what someone posted about thinking of themselves as a born again Atheist, born with no belief/religion and taught it as they grew, because I had the opposite experience growing up.

One of my sisters described our household rather aptly as "Militantly Atheist". I felt that I wasn't capable of belief in a higher power due to always being told that religion was a crutch for the weak, an imaginary friend if you will, at best and a cause for contention at worst. I was always looking for something - taking every opportunity to engage religious people in genuine conversation to try to figure out what they had to offer but never finding anything I wanted there. I didn't stop searching, though.

I found a more flexible and appealing entry to faith via an Anonymous fellowship and have since been working on a relationship with my higher power "as I understand her". I still slightly fear church and religion but I'm working on my prejudice toward it.

Bold, I think, considers himself Atheist. He's monogamous. But he does go to the Universalist Unitarian church with his parents, by choice, and wants to stay involved with them. It's a source of strength for him and they seemed pretty nice there when I went. Any place that teaches love, tolerance and freedom of belief can't be half bad, I say.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:48 AM
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I was raised Christian, still believe a lot of it - but practice more new age spirituality.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:07 AM
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I'm not a part of any religion as such, but I have my own beliefs. All athiest means is that you don't believe in a god or higher being as such... Which I guess is true. So yes, I am an athiest, but I do have beliefs just like religions do.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:18 PM
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Baptized Catholic, raised Episocopalian.

These days I am some sort of weird neo-pagan goddess freak with mystic tendencies.

Bottom line, I believe that God/Goddess is Unconditional Love, and that the more love we have in our lives, the closer to God/Goddess we are. Poly is a part of that for me...it is a big part of my spiritual growth.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:20 AM
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The "simple label" is that I'm an agnostic atheist - I don't think there's anything out there, but I don't deny the possibility.

I also identify somewhat as an atheistic pantheist. I find that I have almost "spiritual" feelings of awe, respect, and wonder when considering both the natural world and the world as a whole (not to mention the universe). I don't so much identify with the idea that "everything is God / I am God" as I do with the idea that the whole of the universe is more than the sum of its parts, and is amazing and worthy of respect just for being.

For instance, this video inspires incredible awe in me - it's molecular mechanisms, most of which go on in every one of our cells, constantly, and most of us aren't even aware of them: http://www.xvivo.net/the-inner-life-of-the-cell/ I also love the Symphony of Science videos, like The Poetry of Reality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cd36WJ79z4) and We Are All Connected (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGK84Poeynk). You can probably tell that I'm a science geek and a Biology major lol.

Historically I grew up very conservative Christian, abandoned that when I was 17 for a couple years of paganism, and then had a couple years of struggling to admit that I just didn't know before I could accept myself as agnostic. There's a part of me that would really like to believe in an anthropomorphic god or goddess, but I just haven't really experienced anything that would allow me to believe in that. Might be my science background, I analyze everything I experience - might just be time, I'm only in my mid-20s yet. Who knows.
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