"I suggest you look at the major religion around the world. Include Buddhism, Hindu and Shinto. Also read up on the Norse faith of Asatru.Find what the central questions are as well as the solution to those questions. See what moral…"
"About rejecting a belief system: be sure you're rejecting it, not a silly image of it constructed to be rejected, or that adult adherents leave behind at twelve.
Friend of mine said, "X is worried about my soul. It's like the South…"
"I've always believed there's a God, just not that the Bible is his word necessarily. In my opinion, there is a God, just not one we can comprehend. My grandfather, who has been a devout christian all his life has all of a sudden started…"
"Other than the George Carlin bit, you described my turn away from Christianity almost perfectly. I had heard the Carlin bit and just automatically labeled it sac-religious at the time. Now I hear it and it's hilarious. Love me some Carlin."
"I wasn't 'brought up' in a faith per se - my parents are basically Christmas and Easter Christians and it was the same with most people I knew when I was younger. I did have religious assemblies in school and was a member of the Boys…"
"But although belief system isn't what it's all about, I did have a sort of crisis of faith starting 4-ish years back. I never did in college. I was too well educated; while my friends were stunned by being introduced to heresy,…"
"There is so much to tell here.
I'm a mix of Mr. Spock -- everything must be logical -- and someone who notes feelings (not as guides to truth, just as feelings). So everything must be internally consistent in a belief system or I…"
"I am a Christian. I am also naturally skeptical. I ask questions. And, I need a reason to believe beyond good men telling me that I should. When you're a kid, indoctrination is fine -- start with the basics. When…"
"I left the faith I was raised in (Baptist), and joined the Catholic Church. When I was going through the RCIA I realized I was in the right place. I like the order of mass, and how you know exactly what is going to be going on for years to come. I…"
"I am what I call a humanist heathen. Heathenry is the reconstruction of old Norse/Germanic pagan traditions. Except reason prevents me from believing in the Norse gods as real literal brings.
As such, I respect and follow a lot of what the Norse…"
I left my parents church around the same time, was more atheist than agnostic. Had a personal experience that shook me to the core, felt a presence that was unlike anything I have felt before or after. Since then, I still…"
I am not really looking for a debate here. I am looking to learn from others opinions, insight, and experience regarding religion. At around 17 I left the faith in which my parents had brought me up (conservative Christianity) and have remained agnostic all the way up to today at age 21. My reasons for leaving involve the unquestioned and unfounded nature of the faith I was taught. Maybe I'll come back into some sort of faith again, but if so I will hopefully have better reasons for my…See More
"Iron sharpens iron." A place for men to impact each other by debate and exchange of ideas. This is a group where no ideas are off limits. If your motto is, "I never talk about politics or religion," this group is probably not for you. A "gym" for thinkers.See More
"I have personally tried marijuana once. At the time I didn't realize that such states of consciousness were possible. Most of my life I spent perceiving and feeling the world a certain way, and having that all changed is mind blowing. It got me…"
"I don't want this to descend into a debate about the civil war. All I'm saying is I don't know what the common soldier was fighting for/thought they were fighting for, or what their family thought they were fighting for. In an age…"
"His history is extremely one sided. He completely ignores the fact that 4.5 slave states remained in the Union, 4.5 left the Union only after the attack on Fort Sumter, the same economic warfare England had used on the American colonies the North…"
"I think the thing about when neo-confederates pull out the "ordinary soldier didn't fight for slavery" argument is that few, if any, ever cite actual soldiers' words in support of this argument. Surely there are CSA soldier…"
"You could be right. We just don't know what these folks were told when they were being recruited. Some may have been told, yes, this war is about slavery, but it's also about...Personally I think all this, is good for our country.…"
"Even if a monument "commemorates those that gave their lives", it is commemorating those that gave their lives in the service of a political regime whose primary goal was enslavement of blacks, regardless of how those individual soldiers…"