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I'm sitting in the same boat as you. Went to a catholic church as a young boy and just stopped going when my parents stop making me I guess, my mom is very religious and my dad inst so much. My dad and I are more of the realist thinkers in my family.
My philosophy class in college actually opened my eyes to views on religion and the infinite amount of views. I just believe in a person who doesn't need religion and can still be a good morally right person who cares for others.
Religion is a great coping mechanism to help people understand things and go throughout life happier. .- Pretty much what Nietzsche says.
from a theoretical standpoint. Most developed religions have been shaped and formed over centuries upon centuries of humans leaving their perspectives and understandings of the religion's basic teachings as they relate to humanity. These figures are some of the greatest philosophers of the post-Roman period, like St Augustus, Th. Aquinas, etc. Brialliant men devoted their lives to studying and questioning faith. Most of them found some measure
Yeah im religious, and im sure am going to get a shitstorm for being so.. my view is that if I am wrong then hell im in the same boat as everyone else and didnt really miss out on anything, and if im right then i go to heaven.. It gives me a good community outside of my friends and I really do ENJOY church, especially since its super modern and plays some sick music. Of course I doubt my beliefs a lot, but in the end I will end up in nature wondering if this beauty could be created by accident, that seems to be one thing that really brings me back
i'm atheist. there's no logical reason for any religion that exists to be right. they were made up to explain shit, grew more and more powerful until the point where when we actually explained pretty much everything, it was too late.
Atheist. I believe in Christian values, be kind to one another, treat others how you wish to be treated, etc. But I don't believe in living your life worshiping some higher being that has never proven its existence.
I feel like religion exists, but there are no right and wrong, good or bad religions. I feel like everyone is religious in the fact that it is a group of people that share a common belief. Wether you believe in a God or not you are being religious. Who is to tell you what is right or wrong in your beliefs. So to finish i believe that like fingerprint, everyones religion is different from someone else's and you create what you believe in.
I believe that religion makes a lot of people feel better about their lives. That's fine. I don't need that but whatever, if believing in god gives you comfort and a purpose then go for it, so long as you're not hurting anyone else. I believe in being a good person and I'm somewhat open to the idea that there MAY be something else out there, but I don't really have blind faith or whatever in it.
I also believe that the bible is just a very old book with a few good metaphors and some life lessons thrown in, but it has caused more trouble than it's worth. My two cents.
since youre a junior in geo you should realize that there is still a lot of questions out there.. Even some of the basis of some sciences are being questioned. Im not saying that religion makes more sense, because it doesnt at all (thats why its called "faith") however I hate uneducated people (not you) acting like they have everything all figured out, because noone does
first off, just because something isn't explained by science doesn't mean that it's becasue god did it. if people really think that, then they are ignoring every advancement that humans have made since about 2000 years ago. religion keeps people living in ignorance and intolorance. most wars have been religion based. other than the small community part, all it does is cause violence and hold people's minds back. just look at the way muslims treat women.
i'm actually surprised by the level of fairly sophisticated conversation in this thread. i grew up very catholic, went to private schools and a catholic high school and went to church every sunday. for me, i see religion as a crutch, something to lean on when things get too hard. when i lost my best friend, faith was a way for me to cope and understand.
See the thing about religion is that it gives you multiple words of choice to use, without getting too much bash because it's not technically swearing. Then again "swearing" is also derived from religion [catholic] along with many "swears" used today. I feel like speaking modern day English pushes you farther and farther into the grasp of religion because by using phrases or words such as "god dammnit!" or "go to hell" you are inevitably proposing that you are in fact religious. Whether you mean to or not. Because these are religious sayings which can easily be replaced with similar meaning words, but all of a sudden you are now looked upon by society as a pottymouth. Or a slur-sayer. By saying "fuck" and "bitch" you are getting somewhat tue point acids as you would with these religious terminology but all of a sudden it's not okay to pronounce these things out loud in public. And it's especially not okay to call your grandmother a "fucking bitch" ..... /: