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Old 08-09-2019, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by johngolf View Post
When younger, I claimed I was Agnostic. Was a polite reply. Now that I am older, I have no problem saying I am an Atheist but I do not say so unless pushed.

Same here. It always made me slightly uncomfortable that I was not being truthful about what I really thought, but I rationalized it by telling myself that it was to "not rock the boat in family or friend relationships."

If I could go back and do it over again I'd be honest about it and say Atheist though.

Last year I deliberately revealed my atheism to two friends that I've known for more than 25 years. Both are Catholic. I was just tired of them assuming by default that I'm a Christian/believer and wanted them to know otherwise, and let the chips fall where they may.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:42 PM
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I have been an agnostic for about the past 40 years after being an atheist for about five years before that. Being older now hasn't changed that in the slightest.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:43 PM
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Same as I have been my entire life (59 years), an agnostic.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jaminhealth View Post
To be moral and good to others and yourself doesn't need religion in the mix. LESS.....

I've run into more hypocrites in my life and starting with the catholic church.
I've had someone tried to recruit me in college. He told me there will be 2 others like me joining us. That day, it was just me. Dunno if the other 2 were no-show, or simply didn't exist. I suspect the latter, as it seems he said that just to try to make it seem less uncomfortable since it would've been a group setting, instead of just one-on-one. When I told him I wasn't interested, he brings up that question of how would I know right from wrong without the bible? I've been doing pretty well thus far. Parents raised me right, I know a few of the laws around our areas, and I've had plenty of case studies of ethics, as well as dealing with a few of them on my own. In hindsight, I guess I could've been snarky and said that prior to meeting him, I was running people over while driving, kicking puppies, and mocking elderly people

These days, Star Wars or a series of demotivational posters would work better. I've gotten far better life lessons out of those than actual religions.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:17 PM
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I wasn't religious then and I am not religious now, although I am MUCH more likely to say, if asked, that I am an atheist rather than "agnostic" or "not much of a believer" or whatever semi-polite phrase I would have used then. Also much more vocal about keeping religion out of public schools and politics as a result of various experiences on school boards.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:39 PM
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I'm the same as always. I've always believed in a teleological universe that was/is designed. By who, or how, don't have a clue. I can't prove this belief, just like no one can disprove it.

When I was young I was immersed in this question...I read all the arguments by Hume & Kant & countless other theologians & philosophers...these days not so much. I'm comfortable with what I think, and no other opinions threaten or disturb me.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:43 PM
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Always atheist and no change.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by jghorton View Post
While the intent of the thread is probably meaningful (?), "being religious" has been so widely and ambiguously used, that it means nothing. One can wear a green-feathered hat while baying at the moon - and declare it "religious." Likewise, spending time in a 'bakery' (church) does not make one a jelly roll.

I am a born-again believer in Jesus Christ who lives in a personal daily relationship with God. Yes, I attend church and study, teach and preach the Bible and pray - while seeking a deeper relationship with God. However, these days, when someone asks, "Are you religious?" or "Do you attend church?" - I can't help, but, wonder what they are really asking and what significance they attach to it. (I rarely think of myself as "religious").

-- I don't mean to offend anyone here or sound legalistic, but, I think people seriously need to ask themselves what they mean when they think of themselves as "religious." Do we, for example, truly imagine that Almighty God is only seeking "religious people?" .... and if so, what do we think that means?

There is no "We believe". Each person believes what they believe and it varies even among those who attend the same church and pray the same prayers.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:05 PM
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Have been religious for most of my adult life and still am today. No change for me.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by kbrkr View Post
Does your sense of mortality push you to be more religious? Do you believe more now that you are older?

I can honestly say I have stayed the same my entire life.
I have always been a very religious church of Christ member since i was a a kid but I have become more devout with age.
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