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Old 07-28-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I am not nor have I ever been a very religious person. I do believe in a "God" but don't subscribe to any particular dogmas.

One thing I've noticed with the retirees I know is that many seem to become increasingly religious and introspective as time passes and they realize they don't have too much time left in this world. I think some were simply too busy with work, raising children, and day to day responsibilities to honestly give religion much thought, and now have more time to attend services, etc.

Did you find yourself become more interested in religion in your old age/retirement? Why or why not?
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:49 AM
 
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I think it makes sense to become more interested in meaning, in the Big Questions, etc., as your time in life is growing shorter.

However, I was always interested in questions of meaning, etc., and was always atheist, even before I knew the word. That has only gotten stronger with time and thought.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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You start to realize that there is a God and religion in general is just plain politics.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:51 AM
 
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Church and state are one...God is another factor.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Definitely not; has only progressed to be less and less through adulthood. When you become less religious, it is very easy to start feeling some anti-religious sentiment when you start looking at agendas without blinders on.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Florida
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For all my adult life I've never fallen for the old "there are no atheists in foxholes" mantra and doubt that getting closer to the 'foxhole' will change my mind.
It's certainly a lot less worrisome this way
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Definatly so but getting older didn't have anything to do with it. I had a desire to be a Christian again and follow Jesus.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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Did you intend to place this in the retirement forum? There is a dedicated forum for religion.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I am not an adherent of any organized religion, and that has not changed as I've aged. However, I do think it's fairly common for people to return to attendance at religious services as they age. There can be several reasons for that, but I think one reason can be a desire to return to the emotional security which religion afforded them as children. They feel a level of comfort within that cocoon, and it may be easier for them to address spiritual issues within a familiar context.

I am sort of waiting for the other shoe to drop here, as there is at least one poster (don't even remember the user name) who is violently anti-religious and who passes up no opportunity to disparage people of faith in the strongest terms. Let's hope he doesn't see this thread.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Did you intend to place this in the retirement forum? There is a dedicated forum for religion.
Lots of topics can fit in more than one forum. This one has to do with older people; "retirees" is the word used in the original post. The Retirement Forum is notorious for exactly that sort of topic placement: a retiree is adopting a new cat (entire separate thread, and there is a Pet Forum), coffee drinking in retirement (there is a Food and Drink Forum), gambling in retirement, keeping fit in retirement (there is a Fitness Forum) and on and on. This fits here as well as any of the above, and better than many others. Have you also objected to that sort of topic placement in other cases?
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