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Old 10-07-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Why do some religions not proselytize and do you respect them more because of it?
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Are you talking about "organized" proselytizing, i.e. asking/requiring that followers go door-to-door or handing out pamphlets on street corners, or funding and sending missionaries to foreign lands to convert the heathens that inhabit it?

Or the less formal, where followers are 'encouraged' to talk to your friends and neighbors and get them to come to church?

Or where their position is "I will bother no one about my beliefs, unless asked"
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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I don't know why they don't proselytize, but I do respect them more because of it.
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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Probably because the religions that don't think you must believe as everyone else in that religion does to avoid going to Hell, don't feel the need to force their beliefs on other people. If you're interested, they will discuss them, but religion is a personal thing, not something meant for a Hallmark Card.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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Are you talking about "organized" proselytizing, i.e. asking/requiring that followers go door-to-door or handing out pamphlets on street corners, or funding and sending missionaries to foreign lands to convert the heathens that inhabit it?

Or the less formal, where followers are 'encouraged' to talk to your friends and neighbors and get them to come to church?

Or where their position is "I will bother no one about my beliefs, unless asked"
I am speaking of a religion that believes that converting others is part of their mission. A religion in which 'keeping it to yourself' is not an attitude.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Probably because the religions that don't think you must believe as everyone else in that religion does to avoid going to Hell, don't feel the need to force their beliefs on other people. If you're interested, they will discuss them, but religion is a personal thing, not something meant for a Hallmark Card.
How will a person know that a person with such beliefs is approachable for religious discussion if you are not broadcasting it?
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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FYI, traditionally Mennonites, Hutterites and Amish (I am a Mennonite) did not proselytize because "a light on a mountain cannot be hidden" and "by their fruits ye shall know them."

There are Mennonite groups now that do proselytize.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Why do some religions not proselytize and do you respect them more because of it?
A.) Why do some religions not proselytize? Most religions (99.9%) proselytize. Even religions that have not realised they are in fact a religion, proselytize.
Would you care to offer an example or three of 'religions' you claim do not proselytize? How'd you hear about them?

B.)do you respect them more because of it? No; who knows what looms in the minds of the secret societies?
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Quakers, Judaism, Santeria...
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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It varies. There are some religions that are "tribal", that refer to God or Spirits relationship to their people. Most of the traditional American Indian religions, Judaism, Parsis, and Shinto are kind of like that. Some of them accepted converts, but converting was often like becoming one with that "tribe."

Some feel they are not precisely "a tribe" but that they're a system not meant or right for everyone. The Amish are kind of like that. Conversion to the Amish can happen, though not in all Amish groups, but it's extremely rare. From what I've read you can live and believe as Amish for many years before they decide to allow you to formally join. The one Amish convert I knew of was David Luthy, who had been a Catholic.

The sociology of Canadian Mennonites ... - Donovan E. Smucker - Google Books
So you want to join the Amish
http://www.city-data.com/forum/relig...ing-amish.html

As for more or less respect if "proselytizing" means badgering people to convert than I'd say I generally prefer religions that don't proselytize. Although if it just means any evangelizing, any telling me of their faith or desire for converts, than on a certain level I'd prefer proselytizing religions. I like the idea of religions that aren't tribal or completely closed-off.
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