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#1 la_jeune_mariée

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:31 PM

So, atheists, what type of atheist/ agnostic are you?

For the religious, what sort of atheist do you think you'd make?

http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=8643

Bonus question for the atheists, what Church would you join, if you were religious?
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:57 PM

Ritual Atheist/Agnostic for me. I did the quiz.

I think if I was religious I'd join a Buddhist church!

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:26 PM

I am a non-theist, which makes sense given that I am also European.

If I were to join a religion it would be Anglican/Uniting. It is the church of my cultural roots. Also, I like craft, tea, scones and community.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

I don't really fit into any of them. Somewhere between Anti-theist and Intellectual Atheist probably. I actually sometimes think of myself as a "Spiritual Atheist", in that I think the idea of deities and religious practice is complete nonsensical hogwash, but at the same time I kind-of believe in the existence of things like ghosts and psychic abilities, and believe that there is a rational and scientific explanation for these things that just hasn't been discovered yet.

I like the idea of non-deity-worshipping religions, such as a lot of Eastern religions. I was raised in the Uniting Church, which as far as Christian churches go is probably the most pleasant in terms of their general casual attitude, and acceptance of those who are in cultural or social minorities.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE(BlueBug @ Aug 28 2013, 07:57 PM) View Post

Ritual Atheist/Agnostic for me. I did the quiz.

I think if I was religious I'd join a Buddhist church!


There is a quiz??? Link please!

I just realised I linked to another page I was looking at and not the CNN one.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:13 PM

I'm definitely a non-theist (I did a quiz once that described me as an apathetic atheist). Religion just doesn't bother me in the slightest. I don't have a great scientific knowledge base so am unable to argue any facts about why God doesn't exist. In my mind stuff happens because it just does, I don't need to search for deeper meaning behind things.

Militant atheists bother me as much (possibly more as I encounter more of them) as religious fanatics.

I don't think I could be bothered to join any religious group. (I was Christened Anglican because that was Mum's faith and I did go to Anglican Church Youth Group as a teenager - but only because a guy I had the hots for went!

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:20 PM

QUOTE(Gretch @ Aug 28 2013, 10:13 PM) View Post

I did go to Anglican Church Youth Group as a teenager - but only because a guy I had the hots for went!


Me too! I look back at photos and he had the biggest nose of anyone I've ever encountered before or since but I thought he was a dreamboat laugh.gif
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:23 PM

I think I'd probably be a ritual atheist, though there was another category that might be me - I'd love to do the quiz if I knew where it was!
Strictly speaking, I am religious, but since Paganism is not an organised religion, if I belonged to an organised religion, I'd like one with a strong sense of community, a bit of ritual, but where thinking was still encouraged. Oh, and a bit progressive on things like marriage equality (I don't want much, do I?)
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:47 PM

QUOTE(la_jeune_mariée @ Aug 28 2013, 08:20 PM) View Post

Me too! I look back at photos and he had the biggest nose of anyone I've ever encountered before or since but I thought he was a dreamboat laugh.gif


Big nose = big......?

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE(la_jeune_mariée @ Aug 28 2013, 09:39 PM) View Post

There is a quiz??? Link please!

I just realised I linked to another page I was looking at and not the CNN one.


Hopefully this works!

http://quizfarm.com/...theist-are-you/

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:52 PM

According to the survey I am a meditative atheist, which is rubbish because I don't believe in any spirituality at all biggrin.gif

However, I am just a couple of points away from being an apathetic atheist, so maybe that's the real me. I am tolerant of religious people as long as they don't try to convert me.

The article irritated me with its tone, so perhaps I'm more militant than I thought tongue.gif

If I was religious I'd be Anglican, because that's what I was baptised (by my atheist parents) and I couldn't be bothered investigating other options.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Aug 29 2013, 05:52 PM) View Post

If I was religious I'd be Anglican, because that's what I was baptised (by my atheist parents) and I couldn't be bothered investigating other options.

Just out of interest, why did your parents baptise you at all if they are atheist? Just cause it was "the done thing", or because of familial pressure/expectation? You don't have to answer if you don't want to.

Well I did the quiz, and the top rated category for me was "scientific atheist"; even though I'm not very science-y myself, I do believe in science's explanation for everything over any religious "explanation".

I honestly thought I would be "angry atheist" though, with some of the answers I gave. I think that was about 4th down the list.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:34 PM

According to the quiz, as an atheist, I'm agnostic.
Then scientific, then apathetic. None of this surprises me really.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:03 PM

QUOTE(Sariele @ Aug 29 2013, 07:40 PM) View Post

Just out of interest, why did your parents baptise you at all if they are atheist? Just cause it was "the done thing", or because of familial pressure/expectation? You don't have to answer if you don't want to.


I was born in the late 1960s. I think everyone was baptised. They got married in a church too smile.gif

My mum believed in educating us about religion and encouraging us to make up our own minds. We went to Sunday school and scripture classes, when I wanted to go to church youth group (to meet boys ph34r.gif ) she used to drive me.

It's the same way I teach my kids now. Some people (including my DH) believe in God, some people don't. You need to learn as much as you can and when you're older you can decide what you believe.

We didn't baptise our kids but they do go to scripture classes at school.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:12 AM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Aug 29 2013, 11:03 PM) View Post

I was born in the late 1960s. I think everyone was baptised. They got married in a church too smile.gif

My mum believed in educating us about religion and encouraging us to make up our own minds. We went to Sunday school and scripture classes, when I wanted to go to church youth group (to meet boys ph34r.gif ) she used to drive me.

It's the same way I teach my kids now. Some people (including my DH) believe in God, some people don't. You need to learn as much as you can and when you're older you can decide what you believe.

We didn't baptise our kids but they do go to scripture classes at school.

Fair enough, thanks. smile.gif We'll be raising our kids as atheists, I guess if they want to know more about religion than what we can tell them, they can find out on their own. *shrug*


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