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    After getting sucked into the "Creation" thread, I started wondering what people's beliefs are not about creationism or politics, but about religion itself This thread of for people to state their religious (or non-religious) beliefs. Feel free to be brief (ie "I am catholic") or, alternatively, to explain what you believe and the reasons for it.

    I ask that people not use this thread for bashing each other's viewpoints. This is a thread to learn and broaden one's views, not a thread for arguing. I hope that the administration will help me out by deleting posts of they violate the spirit of the thread (assuming people are interested in actually posting).

    I'll do mine first- briefly. If there is interest I might do a longer one later on.

    I grew up Lutheran and currently attend a bretheren church. I would classify my beliefs as those of a somewhat liberal evangelical (ie CS Lewis, Tony Campolo, Philip Yancey).

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    I was raised Catholic, but currently attend no church. Organized religion has really turned me off, and although if asked I still identify myself as Catholic, my own personal beliefs do not perfectly align with that of the Vatican.
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    Was raised a Methodist and for a variety of reasons, just not a believer. Raised my kids with the Catholic Church through HS, they attended some program for teens. I gave them exposure not wanting to make decisions for them. They still go to mass once in a while on their own.
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    I was raised Jewish but felt at an early age that the services made no sense to me. As I grew older, I doubted the validity of the concept of God, but my many discussions on this and the other website with intelligent religious people allowed me to understand and accept other points of view and helped me better understand my own beliefs. I am now comfortable believing that God probably doesn't exist, at least in the form that most people believe, and that the Bible is a book of fables meant to teach us moral lessons. I am also able to understand the roles of religion and science, and how they are two entirely different disciplines which are not meant to explain, define or negate one another.
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    I wasn't really raised in any religion. We went to church on Easter and when with the grandparents. At 12-13 found a Southern Baptist church, was caught up in it for awhile, on my own without parental involvement), and then there was a "science" sermon of some sort (I always liked science), and I literally asked, "what about the dinosaurs?" From that day I walked away from religion. I think it was a year or so that I quit believing altogether. In a sense (I know this comes off as insulting to believers) I left religion much like I left my childhood beliefs (Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Bunny).... I bought into it until I couldn't rationalize it anymore.
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    Raised Lutheran. Now an athiest. The more I studied religion the more I didn't want any part of a god that would allow what goes on in the world. Eventually, that led to total disbelief.

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    Catholic. The more I studied it, the more sense it made. Interestingly enough, I learned the most from converts to Catholicism and debates with those outside the Church. Any questions I couldn't answer led to deeper study and resolution of the problem. I couldn't get through the day without my faith

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    I was raised in a non-church going home. I became a Christian at 16 on my own. I have one agnostic sister a Mormon brother-in-law, atheist brother catholic sister-in-law, jehovah's witness sister and brother-in-law, my parents believe but not really.

    I feel that my faith makes me far superior to all non-believers. I go to a mega church so I have the xtra large badge of morality. I frequently speak to God about smiting all sinners. I speak in tongues which can be awkward because I only speak them in french. Basically I am perfect, so all of you sinners line up behind me and I shall show you your salvation.

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    Ugly, One reason I'm Catholic is because, I'm not good enough for all those Churches (like yours I guess) I see on TV. I like going to Mass and being surrounded by a bunch of screw ups like myself.

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