Faith #ssp

Anon polls

  • I have a faith / follow a religion
  • I do not have a faith and never have
  • I used to have a faith but now I don’t

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I’d describe myself as…

  • Atheist
  • Agnostic
  • Christian
  • Catholic
  • Buddhist
  • Muslim
  • Hindu
  • Sikh
  • Jewish
  • Anglican
  • Other (please state)

0 voters

I’ve often assumed that we are mostly atheists on here. I’ve seen some folk talk about their faith before but not too often, so I’m intrigued to know.

#SSP thread so please play nicely.

I was raised a catholic by parents that only really did so to please their parents. And so it goes.

I’d say I’m atheist now, but interested and actively learning about buddhism and find it quite helpful (any book recommendations would be very welcome)

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They’re different enough to put as different options though no? I don’t know, I am pretty damn ignorant. But yes probably should have been a multiple choice vote

I hope it will, but mods can always delete it if anyone starts acting up.

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oh goodness

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Do you mean Anglican/Protestant rather than Christian in that poll?

I used to get taken to Sunday School every week up until the age of 10 or 11, but I never really had faith as such. I just took it as a kind of history lesson.

I kind of grew out of it when it became more about worship and the actual existence of God, and I started to read about different faiths, beliefs and politics.

I don’t mean that being religious is something for children, but that I just lost interest in it as I got interested in other things.

EDIT: I see what you’ve done on the poll. If you want to be consistent, I’d remove the Anglican and Catholic options as they’re both Christian denominations.

This is like the intro to Sabotage

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yeah slightly confused why you’ve got catholic, anglican and christian on there! maybe calling it ‘other christian denomination’ would work better but wouldn’t just christian have done? (not taking issue or offended or anything as i don’t consider myself christian, but none of my immediate family members are anglican or catholic but all 3 are different christian denominations!)

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probably, I never claimed I wasn’t thick :smiley:

Just say Google m9

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Was christened a Protestant/Church of Scotland and went to church/Sunday school until I went to high school, despite neither parent being particularly religious. I’m glad I went as it taught us to sit quietly and respectfully, and also my church was big on using the bible as a way to teach people to be kind to each other. It didn’t force people to believe anything or judge people or behave in certain ways. I haven’t gone to church in that way since and although I still tick Christian on forms I guess I’m not really. I don’t particularly believe in a god, but being a scientist at heart I’m also open to the possibility that one might exist, as anything is possible really, and I certainly wouldn’t try to judge someone for wanting to believe in a god, as long as they use their faith for good not bad.

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I didn’t even go on the internet until about ten years after that.

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All downhill from there, then?

Yes, for quite a few years as a teen and probably shamefully far into my 20s. Was a right little prick in general then anyway.

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Think Quakerism is probably the part of Christianity that appeals the most. I like the values of it and level of self reflection when practicing it. That said I don’t think I’ve ever really had a belief in God so I’m not sure I could ever call myself religious or even agnostic.

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I always put “rather not say” on forms when they ask about religion.

Not really sure why. Not even confident enough in my lack of belief in anything to say I’m an agnostic; but I’m not particularly religious, really.

World’s just a weird place, innit

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also let’s face it the whole capitalist system is as dependent on blind faith as anything else

Christian by baptism, grew up in schools where we had a CofE assembly every morning and sang hymns (standard practise in the 70s/80s) but family only went to church for weddings, christenings and funerals. I used to count myself as agnostic in my teens and 20s but grew to be atheist in later life. I would still advocate Christian values and hope my son follows them, but I also want him to be a free-thinker and decide on his own beliefs through informed choice.

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I tick Agnostic when I have to fill things in. I grew up going to a Roman Catholic church & primary school but decided not to be confirmed. I quite enjoyed a lot of it and the stories all seemed good and it was probably the only knowledge I had of certain areas of the planet. Not wanting to go to church was a mixture wanting to do other things on a Sunday and really not enjoying being in a room with lots of strangers.

I think the nature of religion / belief is really fascinating, like it’s the conservatism that people most associate with religion; but I feel like the histories of most religions have this really intriguing push and pull between radicalism and conservatism

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