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How many of you chose your religion and how many of you just practice the religion you were born into? My parents were raised "Christian", but they don't go to church. I've maybe gone to two church gatherings in my life. That being said, I think they are still "Christian", just non-practicing. My grandmother on my dad's side stopped going to church several years ago because she didn't like the new minister and only one of my uncle's on my mom's regularly attends church. I am agnostic by choice and my brother claims to be a non-practicing "Christian".

I know it is a bit different for the Jews because that's as much an ethnicity as it is a religion.

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lol@results ><

Not surprising though, I dont' think anyone would actually say 'the only reason I'm in this religion is because that's how I was born.'

Any adult has to go through a period of choice, that being said, gonna do a backup poll:

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Are you currently the same religion you were raised as?
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Even if you are born into a family that practices a certain faith/religion, doesn't everyone have to at one point or another chose to adopt the faith/religion or reject it and chose another?

In other words doesn't everyone, who is not a child, chose their religion?
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charlieturtle wrote:
Even if you are born into a family that practices a certain faith/religion, doesn't everyone have to at one point or another chose to adopt the faith/religion or reject it and chose another?

In other words doesn't everyone, who is not a child, chose their religion?


To an extent, yes. I do know people who belong to the same religion they were born into because, in their own words, that was the way they were raised and they don't question the religion. I see it as sort of a nature vs nurture question.
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I chose my religion: It is the School of John.

You could join up, except the school is not accepting followers at this time.
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charlieturtle wrote:
Even if you are born into a family that practices a certain faith/religion, doesn't everyone have to at one point or another chose to adopt the faith/religion or reject it and chose another?

In other words doesn't everyone, who is not a child, chose their religion?

Not really, no. Habit is a powerful force. Unless someone was particularly unhappy with the religion they were raised in, they are likely to just continue in it. Even people who don't continue the actual rituals are likely to consider themselves "non-practicing X". It's the same as countless other traits and habits you carry forward with you in life because that just how you've always done them.
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My mother took me to the religious institution of her heritage and choice. I just had to grow out of the foolishness.
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My apologies for adding yet another poll, but if people would indulge me, I'd like to disentangle the smaller religious shifts (e.g. switching between different Christian sects) from the larger shifts to other faiths or from belief to unbelief and vice-versa.

For the purposes of this poll, please consider all the various and sundry branches of Christianity to constitute the same faith

Poll: Religious Persuasions
How would you describe your past and present religious affiliations?
Raised religious, still in the same denomination
Raised religious, now in a different denomination of the same faith
Raised religious, now in a different faith
Raised religious, now non-religious
Raised non-religious, still non-religious
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bltzlfsk wrote:
My mother took me to the religious institution of her heritage and choice. I just had to grow out of the foolishness.


And here is your "angsty atheist" pat on the head. You sure told us... yes you did.
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damiangerous wrote:
charlieturtle wrote:
Even if you are born into a family that practices a certain faith/religion, doesn't everyone have to at one point or another chose to adopt the faith/religion or reject it and chose another?

In other words doesn't everyone, who is not a child, chose their religion?

Not really, no. Habit is a powerful force. Unless someone was particularly unhappy with the religion they were raised in, they are likely to just continue in it. Even people who don't continue the actual rituals are likely to consider themselves "non-practicing X". It's the same as countless other traits and habits you carry forward with you in life because that just how you've always done them.


The only faith that I know might encourage their children to go out and experience other belief systems to see if they suit them better is the Amish, with their Rumspringa. Otherwise it's not necessarily an active choice, so much as a lack of strong incentive to consider the alternatives.
 
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I was born a Jew but chose to observe Jewish Law.
 
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whac3 wrote:
I was born a Jew but chose to observe Jewish Law.
This is a bit confusing, as in the past you have said you converted you Judaism.
 
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Born into a non religious (but nominally Christian) family, tried one or two religions (excluding non "religious" faith, which I have also dabbled in), ended up a kind of agnostic (favoring "it does not really matter").
 
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slatersteven wrote:
whac3 wrote:
I was born a Jew but chose to observe Jewish Law.
This is a bit confusing, as in the past you have said you converted you Judaism.

No, I did not. If you understood me to say that, then you misunderstood.

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I did say my father is Christian etc but that does not negate being born a Jew.
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whac3 wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
whac3 wrote:
I was born a Jew but chose to observe Jewish Law.
This is a bit confusing, as in the past you have said you converted you Judaism.

No, I did not. If you understood me to say that, then you misunderstood.

EDIT:
I did say my father is Christian etc but that does not negate being born a Jew.
Ahh I see, you you are Jewish on your mothers side, that explains my confusion.
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This is a great topic. Its one I have thought about before as my parents originally brought me to church and then stopped going to church when I was around 8 or 9. Also most of my relatives are christian. At times I think my parents no longer going to church was helpful in that I could truly explore all religious possibilities without anyone telling me that one was more correct over the other. I read the bible and other books about many religions on my own and came to a conclusion about what was right for me. Had my parents continued to bring me to church i don't think I would have felt free to explore other faiths.

Even though many people who have gone to a church, synagogue, temple, etc... their whole lives may say they made a choice at some point to be the religion they were born into, I'm not sure I really believe that. How many people who were born into a religion would have been free to go to another place or worship when they were living with their parents? Is it really a conscious choice if your told over and over that this religion is the correct one and others are wrong?

At the same time I sometimes envy people I know who were raised a religion their whole lives and never questioned it. They seem more content and more happy without having to question everything. Also I envy the sense of community they have by being part of something for that long.
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GameCrossing wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
My mother took me to the religious institution of her heritage and choice. I just had to grow out of the foolishness.


And here is your "angsty atheist" pat on the head. You sure told us... yes you did.


Angsty? Are you sure you know what that means?

It is a simple matter of fact.
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bltzlfsk wrote:
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bltzlfsk wrote:
My mother took me to the religious institution of her heritage and choice. I just had to grow out of the foolishness.


And here is your "angsty atheist" pat on the head. You sure told us... yes you did.


Angsty? Are you sure you know what that means?

It is a simple matter of fact.


A simple statement of fact... not laced with any loaded language whatsoever for those who still take part in foolishness.
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whac3 wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
whac3 wrote:
I was born a Jew but chose to observe Jewish Law.
This is a bit confusing, as in the past you have said you converted you Judaism.

No, I did not. If you understood me to say that, then you misunderstood.

EDIT:
I did say my father is Christian etc but that does not negate being born a Jew.

If, by some horrific clerical mishap, it turned out your mother wasn't really Jewish after all, would you convert?
 
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GameCrossing wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
GameCrossing wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
My mother took me to the religious institution of her heritage and choice. I just had to grow out of the foolishness.


And here is your "angsty atheist" pat on the head. You sure told us... yes you did.


Angsty? Are you sure you know what that means?

It is a simple matter of fact.


A simple statement of fact... not laced with any loaded language whatsoever for those who still take part in foolishness.


Umm, after the ninja edit, yes. Why can't I add more thumbs?
 
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bltzlfsk wrote:
Dammit. Why can't I add more thumbs?


And why can't I add more indication of how much sarcasm was dripping from my post?
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GameCrossing wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
Dammit. Why can't I add more thumbs?


And why can't I add more indication of how much sarcasm was dripping from my post?


[Saving this before it's changed.]

So, little truth in it whatsoever?
 
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bltzlfsk wrote:
GameCrossing wrote:
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Dammit. Why can't I add more thumbs?


And why can't I add more indication of how much sarcasm was dripping from my post?


[Saving this before it's changed.]

So, little truth in it whatsoever?


My post simply pointed out the loaded language that was indicative of angst I pointed out. The fact that you are trying so very very very hard to celebrate some sort of victory in getting me to admit foolishness or whatever just confirms my observation for me.

An atheist out to prove something. Get your angst on.
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slatersteven wrote:
whac3 wrote:
I was born a Jew but chose to observe Jewish Law.
This is a bit confusing, as in the past you have said you converted you Judaism.

No, I did not. If you understood me to say that, then you misunderstood.

EDIT:
I did say my father is Christian etc but that does not negate being born a Jew.

If, by some horrific clerical mishap, it turned out your mother wasn't really Jewish after all, would you convert?

Yes.
 
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GameCrossing wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
GameCrossing wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
Dammit. Why can't I add more thumbs?


And why can't I add more indication of how much sarcasm was dripping from my post?


[Saving this before it's changed.]

So, little truth in it whatsoever?


My post simply pointed out the loaded language that was indicative of angst I pointed out. The fact that you are trying so very very very hard to celebrate some sort of victory in getting me to admit foolishness or whatever just confirms my observation for me.

An atheist out to prove something. Get your angst on.


Talk about angst, you've edited what I said. There was no "dammit" in the original post. And once again, you're attributing some agenda when there is none but saying the truth about me.
 
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