Poll: What is the religious affiliation of MyDD readers?

Prompted by Matt's poll to get a snapshot of MyDD's racial profile, I thought it would be interested to see the religious inclinations of MyDD readers.

Tags: community, MyDD, religion (all tags)

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80 Comments

Eastern Orthodox

by John DE 2006-09-22 06:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Eastern Orthodox

second

by hellenica 2006-09-22 08:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Eastern Orthodox

Third.

by Constantine 2006-09-23 06:59PM | 0 recs
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Anomean/Aetian Christian.

by Left for the Left 2006-09-22 11:28PM | 0 recs
Quakers are Christians

FYI. You may agree or disagree with the theological underpinnings of that position, but that's how they identify themselves.

by Jill Tubman 2006-09-23 05:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Quakers are Christians
Thanks.  I thought it was very strange to be lumped in with Wiccans.  My family has been Quaker since before the Revolutionary War and at the time the plurality of European settlers affiliated with the Society of Friends.  Since Quakers would not fight, they became less popular when the war started, and many had their property confiscated and were thrown in prison as Tories.  
Still, outside of the Hicksite tradition, Quakers are very Christian.  Elias Hicks made a furor in the early nineteenth century by saying that if God were writing the Bible now, he would do a better job.  
by prince myshkin 2006-09-23 06:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Quakers are Christians

How about a new category for Anabaptists Christian?  Then we would not have to lump ourselves  (Mennonite  for me) in with the "Protestant (non-Evangelical)" or the Wiccans..

by JBishop 2006-09-23 03:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Quakers are Christians

That fits.  We used to have travelling Mennonites come to Meeting all the time.

by prince myshkin 2006-09-24 04:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Quakers are Christians

Yep, that made me rub my eyes, too. ;-) I'm really an Agnostic Friend, which means I'm listening with measures of hope and skepticism.

by Jeany 2006-09-23 06:45PM | 0 recs
As a good Cro-Magnon...
I'm Shamanistic.  In a Cro-Magnon kind of way.
My wall is painting up really nicely.  In a couple thousand years, you're really going to like it.
by traveler 2006-09-23 01:56PM | 0 recs
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Buddhists? Taoists? Muslims? Hindus? Sikhs? Those are all subsumed under "other"?

Wow.  I mean, wow.  I know the US is primarily Christian, from vaguely to viciously, but still, there are a lot of other traditions represented here, some in great numbers, at least on the West Coast.

by jsw 2006-09-23 01:58PM | 0 recs
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Don't know why this got a "1", but it's certainly a legitimate comment.

Too often the whole assumption about spirituality is related to the attitude toward the Bible, and there's a lot more to it than that.

by boadicea 2006-09-23 02:03PM | 0 recs
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Not to complain, but what exactly about that deserved a troll rating, amitxjoshi?

by jsw 2006-09-23 02:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My

ditto on the complaint about someone abusing the rating system. this is a valid question.

by bruh21 2006-09-23 02:09PM | 0 recs
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I considered all of those, believe me.   The problem was the number of slots allocated in the poll.  

What would be really interesting would be cross-tabs on the degree of observance, e.g., how many times a week one goes to formal religious community worship.

However, just as Matt's original poll was flawed but interesting, I hoped the results of this one would be interesting, however flawed.

by InigoMontoya 2006-09-23 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My

Fwiw, one of my most recent clients was Hindu--I gave them a print of Ganesha as a housewarming present--the secretary of our homeowner's association is a Sikh, and SoCal having a concentration of Asian, Taoist or Buddhist is no great mystery.  

However, in the overall American demographic scheme of things, they're down in "Other."   Iirc, self-identified "Jewish" runs about six percent in the population at large.  Not surprised by the greater here, given the tradition of activism and a general preference for the Democratic party or other Progressive affiliations.

by InigoMontoya 2006-09-23 02:51PM | 0 recs
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I looked it up at the Census Bureau:

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/p opulation/religion/

Self-identified Jewish folks are < 1.5% in 2000.  (Incidentally, they're tied with Mormons.)

Admittedly, the other non-Christian religions (among those who said they had a religion) were even smaller percentages.  Every non-Christian religion combined only added up to 4%, so picking one over the other to include in the poll is an interesting exercise in perception of importance.

By contrast, "no religion" was at 13%.

I guess the question is what the goal is.  From a political perspective, the difference between Mormon (which the Census calls Christian, BTW) and Evangelical Protestant is probably pretty small, so I wouldn't bother with those slots for that reason.  By contrast, I'd be more interested in the "no religion" folks, and maybe finding out if the various non-western religions were overrepresented in the readership.  But that's me.

by jsw 2006-09-23 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: I consider &quot;no religion&quot;...

...to be atheist.

Maybe you can parse it otherwise for a philosophical discussion but for the purposes of a snap poll, it serves.

by InigoMontoya 2006-09-23 04:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: I consider &quot;no religion&quot;...

I think that's false.  "Atheist" means "I don't think there's a God".  "No religion" means "Dunno, I don't think about it."

The two are clearly separate in polling.

by jsw 2006-09-23 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: I consider &quot;no religion&quot;...

Fair enough.  If I've ever so lacking in things to do that I attempt to repeat a poll like this, I'll leave a separate spot for "No Religion," assuming there are enough slots.

by InigoMontoya 2006-09-23 10:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: I consider &quot;no religion&quot;...

Atheist means believing there is no god, it does not necessarily means not having a religion.

I think "agnostic" is more "having no religion", or perhaps, "haven't picked a religion".

by BruceMcF 2006-09-23 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: I consider &quot;no religion&quot;...

To the extent people identify as agnostic (and I think of myself as radically agnostic), I don't think they mean "no religion".  I think they mean "don't know if there's a god (or in my case, "not provable either way, and it doesn't matter in how one ought to live one's life").

Again, "agnostic" and "no religion" are different categories in the poll.  Agnostic is < 0.5%.  No Religion is ~13%.

by jsw 2006-09-23 05:56PM | 0 recs
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Buddhist. Which, by the way, happens to be the fastest growing "religion" (though it can be considered a non-theistic system of ethics) in the U.S.

Though the religion born in India has been in the US since the 19th century, the number of adherents rose by 170 percent between 1990 and 2000, according to the American Religious Identity Survey. An ARIS estimate puts the total in 2004 at 1.5 million, while others have estimated twice that. "The 1.5 million is a low reasonable number," says Richard Seager, author of "Buddhism in America."

That makes Buddhism the country's fourth-largest religion, after Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Immigrants from Asia probably account for two-thirds of the total, and converts about one-third, says Dr. Seager, a professor of religious studies at Hamilton College, in Clinton, N.Y.

by TerranceDC 2006-09-23 03:42PM | 0 recs
American Buddhism

. . . is pretty vital and addresses the spiritual needs of generally pretty progressive folks.  When I lived in the Bay Area, it seemed like every third person I bumped into was Buddhist.  

I'm continually surprised it makes such a small ripple in the public consciousness.

by lynnallen 2006-09-24 07:49AM | 0 recs
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Agree.  I'm a Buddhist. You lump diverse religions with millions of adherents as "other" because you don't know any or know anything about them.  This poll is as bad as the last one.  What are you guys really up to?

by Mimikatz 2006-09-23 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My

It happened yesterday, too, with the ethnic question.

Asians were left off the initial poll, but lo and behold, they accounted for about 5% of the sites readership.  Pretty high, dammit.

Now Buddhism is being left off.

As an Asian Buddhist, I am starting to feel left out on this site.

by exLogCabin 2006-09-23 03:55PM | 0 recs
America is Europe's Violent Runaway Child

hahaha! Surprise. Mainstream American politics doesn't give equal weight to the Eastern world or to non-Christian religions? Are you really shocked?

by Nezua Limon Xoloquinta Jonez 2006-09-24 06:13AM | 0 recs
Put one up

hey mimi--

Why don't you put up your own poll?  Doesn't matter to me; I'm one of the atheists. But it might be interesting to see  a more west coast oriented set of choices. So far the polls have been pretty revealing about the assumptions of the person posting the poll.....

by jayackroyd 2006-09-23 04:59PM | 0 recs
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I am a stauch atheist with a sense of the spiritual value of the earth and the land we live on.

by pwax 2006-09-23 02:02PM | 0 recs
Ditto... Kinda Sorta

I've considered myself to be agnostic, but I'm increasingly leaning atheist.

However on the other hand, I've always been attracted by the strong sense of morals and ethics in many religious/philosophical traditions.

I wouldn't rule out future affiliation with an LGBT-friendly Buddhist or Unitarian congregation.

by atdleft 2006-09-23 03:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Ditto... Kinda Sorta

Aren't most Unitarian congregations LGBT friendly? Indeed, most would also be Buddhist friendly.

by BruceMcF 2006-09-23 05:47PM | 0 recs
Radical Atheist

I take Douglas Adams' view: I use "radical atheist" so that people take atheist and translate it somehow into agnostic.

by Callandor 2006-09-23 10:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: hodgepodge

Closest I have come up with is a deist w/ Christian leanings. Although I believe that Christianity as a cultural backgroun for myself is correct, I see faith like 3 blind men asked to identify an object. The first wiseman touches it and recoils- thinking it a snake. The second man touches- at rubs it thinking it a bird. The final man touches it a sits down next to it because he thinks its a tree. it's actually an elephant. Ultimately, I dont know how any of us - each being blind wisemen- can know what God is or is not.

by bruh21 2006-09-23 02:08PM | 0 recs
Non-Evangelical Protestant...

Progressive mainline protestant; active member of UCC congregation; theologically Unitarian but not UU.  Is this complex enough for you?

It's a shame "evangelical" has become synonymous with conservative or fundamentalist, but I will acknowledge common usage.

And, oh yeah, I am agnostic about God's nature, but not His/Her/Its existence.
 

by KTinOhio 2006-09-23 06:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Non-Evangelical Protestant...

I like the last line a lot.

by bruh21 2006-09-23 07:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Non-Evangelical Protestant...

Exactly my religious beliefs.

And you're exactly right on "evangelical," and lots of progressive mainline Protestant denominations have the word in their official titles, e.g., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the non-fundamentalist Lutheran denomination. I was baptized in the Evangelical & Reformed Church, which shortly thereafter merged with the Congregational Christians to become the UCC.

by joyful alternative 2006-09-27 08:17PM | 0 recs
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Church of John Coltrane.

by zappatero 2006-09-23 02:17PM | 0 recs
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Most UU congregations are John Coltrane friendly as well.

by BruceMcF 2006-09-23 05:50PM | 0 recs
Agnostic/Hindu

I am from a Hindu family. Hindus have a different intepretation of being a Hindu compared to Christians. I know quite a few Agnostic Hindus classify themselves as Hindus. I am agnostic only because I cannot rule out anything.

But as far as organized religion is concerned, you could say I am an athiest. I do not believe there is a real life Vishnu, Shiva or Brahma. I strongly believe Christ was not the son of God or that Muhammad had any communication with God.

by Pravin 2006-09-23 02:19PM | 0 recs
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I would be an "Other" on your poll.  My own religious beliefs don't have an easy label, but Torah-revering Gentile or "Noachide" are the usual labels.  Basically I accept Jewish tradition as authoritative but elect not to convert to Judaism.

by Bruce Godfrey 2006-09-23 02:24PM | 0 recs
MyDD readers?

Committed sinner.

by global yokel 2006-09-23 02:36PM | 0 recs
test comment

I agree that this is pretty euro centric.  It needs muslim, hindu and buddist at least.

by delmoi 2006-09-23 02:45PM | 0 recs
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i'd be an atheist if i could ever be really sure of anything.

by mellowjohn 2006-09-23 02:46PM | 0 recs
Unitarian Universalist

Unitarian Universalist.

by lemonyellow 2006-09-23 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Unitarian Universalist

add another

by RevDeb 2006-09-23 04:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Unitarian Universalist

Well, which is it, ... Unitarian or Universalist?

!@#$%^ fence sitters.

by BruceMcF 2006-09-23 05:48PM | 0 recs
Buddhist = Other?

As a Buddhist, I am continually offended by the omission of my religion from this sort of poll. There are more Buddhists on earth than any other religion. I am not an invisible minority. I am not a member of some fringe "other" religion like Wicca. No, I'm not some guy who read a couple of books about Zen and decided he was a Buddhist. I joined a real Buddhist temple 20 years ago and I perform my religious services twice every day.

by charlie dont surf 2006-09-23 03:07PM | 0 recs
You're way off

6% of the world's population is Buddhist. Compared to 33% Christian, 20% Muslim and 13% Hindu. Half as many as people who say they are "non religious"

by delmoi 2006-09-23 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: You're way off

I think the 6% is a severe underestimate.

For one thing, most surveys of religions do not accurately assess China.  With over 1.287 billion people and only 7 million Christians and 14 million Muslims, that leaves alot of people to fill the other categories.

Christianity and Islam seem to be the religions in a big race to count the most members.  Its sort of the biggest dick contest thing going on.  Lots of other religions, including Buddhism, do not place such a high priority on numbers, nor are they as strict in labelling who counts and who doesn't.  For them, it's quality over quantity.

Therefor, I think politically, there is a reasoning for the undercounting of certain religions.

by exLogCabin 2006-09-23 04:14PM | 0 recs
Re: You're way off

You are correct, the 6% figure was provided by an evangelical christian source. And I'm supposed to trust them to count my fellow buddhists accurately?

The figures I've seen, which include China and Asia, put Buddhism at around 45% of the world population, no other religion comes anywhere close to that.

But this isn't a pissing match over who is #1. This is my expression of disgruntlement at a major world religion that doesn't even rate a separate check-box in a survey. Buddhism far predates any other world religion, and recent articles in Time Magazine asserted it is the fastest growing religion in America. To ignore Buddhism in the survey is a form of religious bias. I'm not saying it's deliberately malicious bigotry, but surely it is at the very minimum, blind ignorance.

by charlie dont surf 2006-09-23 04:47PM | 0 recs
Re: You're way off

Exactly, and as Buddhists, we don't really care if you call yourself Buddhist or not, as long as you find truth in the teachings.  At least that's how I was raised.

by exLogCabin 2006-09-23 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: You're way off
Charlie, no ignorance.  The context for this survey is American politics, not the world as a whole.   In terms of American politics, Buddhism is a footnote*.
What I didn't include, via sheer oversight, was Muslim, which whoever moved this to the front page so judiciously added.
by InigoMontoya 2006-09-23 10:07PM | 0 recs
Interesting ....

Quaker, Wiccan?  

Quakers are Puritans, an offshoot of the Anglican Church.  Aligning our faith with a pagan faith -- valid as it is -- and not with a Christian movement is a little weird.

I have no issue with Wicca, or Bushism or any other faith someone should wish to follow.  

But Quaker is no less a Christian faith than any other Christian offshoot.  There are probably many more of us -- with a signficantly longer history -- than many evangelical movements can claim.

by nathan 2006-09-23 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation...

Lutheran... past of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is the "liberal" part of Luthernism. Same denomination as Rep. Sherrod Brown.

by Deborah White 2006-09-23 03:48PM | 0 recs
The religious affiliation of MyDD readers?

Born again Christian.  Jesus is the original MYDDer.  He bears no resemblance to fascist phonies like James Dobson and Pat Robertson.

by nytrialman 2006-09-23 04:04PM | 0 recs
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Agnostic Hindu.

by Ace 2006-09-23 04:55PM | 0 recs
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Roman Fucking Catholic

by HellofaSandwich 2006-09-23 05:48PM | 0 recs
Unitarian and Universalist ...

... and can I put in strong Laoist and John Coltranist leanings?

by BruceMcF 2006-09-23 05:54PM | 0 recs
Gnostics
Gnosticism (from the Greek word, gnosis, meaning knowledge) slightly pre-dates Christianity.  The Christian church fathers of the second and third centuries reacted violently to the theology of the gnostics (knowers) and have been trying to eliminate them ever since, witness the Spanish Inquistion by the Roman Church which saw the burning of hundreds, if not thousands of Cathars in south France for their beliefs.  Believe it or not there is still a thriving gnostic community in the USA because there are many paths to God and our tradition is as valid as any other.
 
by orygun 2006-09-23 07:02PM | 0 recs
non-dogmatic.

Secular humanist.

Bill O'Lieley's worst nightmare.

-C.

by neutron 2006-09-23 07:14PM | 0 recs
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Southern Baptist. (What am I doing here again? :)

by dwbh 2006-09-23 07:19PM | 0 recs
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Oddly enough, recently I've come across two quite liberal UCC pastors who were originally ordained Southern Baptist.

by joyful alternative 2006-09-27 08:22PM | 0 recs
No religion (imagine!)

Atheist.

by Revere 2006-09-23 07:32PM | 0 recs
Re: No religion (imagine!)

Atheist.  Antagonistic toward organized religion.  Accepting (but not supportive) of friends and colleagues who have religious beliefs, so long as they do not push those beliefs or their moral consequences on me.

John Lennon's Imagine gets my vote for best song ever.

by xebecs 2006-09-24 05:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation

My dad is a non-practicing Jew, my mom was Episcopalian.  I was raised Episcopalian (I always say you have to love a church founded in part so Henry VIII could get divorced and stop beheading wives), my wife is a reformed Catholic who is now Dutch Reform.  God knows what we raise our kids when we have them.

by John Mills 2006-09-23 08:16PM | 0 recs
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FYI, you've got your history slightly out of order. Henry didn't divorce or behead any of his wives until after he decided to make the Anglican Church in his own image.

by McSnatherson 2006-09-24 01:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation

Thanks for the clarification.  

by John Mills 2006-09-24 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation

Ready?

Agnostic Roman Catholic. Religions ought to contradict. I guess I'll check Catholic since thats my religion while the other just suggests belief.

I did attend a Unitarian Universalist church for several years though.

by js noble 2006-09-23 08:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My

Kudos for having the poll give the option of choosing more than one -- I frequently find that I have to lump myself into a specific religion, and that actually makes me uncomfortable.

It would have been nice to have a Christian - nondenominational, though.

by Brad ODonnell 2006-09-23 08:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My

test post.  I have tried to post twice and it hasn't worked.

by Reece 2006-09-23 08:55PM | 0 recs
the Number of Buddhists in the world.

There is lots of crazy talk and numbers being thrown around here about Buddhism.  So, let's try to bring in some sanity.  

First off, Charlie Don't Surf and exLogCabin are simply wrong.  Charlie suggests that Buddhists make up 45% of the world population.  To put that in perspective, that would require 2.9 billion Buddhists in the world, or the entire populations of China, India, the European Union, and the United States combined.  (Just FYI, those are the 4 most populous political divisions in the world in that order.)  

Second, we should have good reason to doubt that the remainder of China's non-Christian, non-Muslim population is entirely Buddhists.  Hundreds of millions of people in China practice Daoism and Confucianism.  Apparently up to 400 million of them--a number which might eclipse the worldwide population of Buddhists.

How many Buddhists are we talking about?  Well, the percent does seem to settle down at about 6% of the world population or 390 million people.  But in my 5 minutes of internet research, I did come across a number nearly double that--708 million.  I guess it's up to you to make up your own mind.

Here are the sources:
The 6% Buddhist Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_world _religions
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/hist ory/bud_statwrld.htm
(Note that Buddha Net is an explicitly Buddhist organization)

The 708 million number:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism#Pr esent_state_of_Buddhism

Number of Buddhists in China (Roughly 100 Million)
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/hist ory/bstatt10.htm

Before finishing, I just want to suggest a rational way to think about the number of people of a particular religion.  First, remember that the entirety of the Americas are dominated by Christians of varying sects.  Second, so is Europe and Russia's Asian expanse.  Third, Northern Africa is largely Muslim while Southern Africa is largely Christian.  The Middle East is, of course, largely Muslim.  Finally, Buddhism and Hinduism are dominant in, but largely confined to, South East Asia and the Indian subcontintent.

Something to think about.

by Reece 2006-09-23 08:55PM | 0 recs
Re: the Number of Buddhists in the world.

When looking at the world, don't forget the huge number of Muslims in Asia.. Indonesia is the largest (population) Muslim country in the world, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia are all majority Muslim. In addition, there is a huge (100 million +) number of Muslims in India, and a sizeable population in China and the Phillipines as well.

Thinking about Islam as a middle eastern religion misses this massive population of Asian Muslims.

by terje 2006-09-23 09:17PM | 0 recs
Re: the Number of Buddhists in the world.

Right you are.  Thanks for the correction.

by Reece 2006-09-23 09:26PM | 0 recs
Re: the Number of Buddhists in the world.

Hey Reece,

I never came up with a number.  I just felt the number is wrong.  And you even say that there is a wide range of estimates.  So how can you say I am "simply wrong".  Those who speak in such certitudes should be careful not to be caught up in their own intelligence.

by exLogCabin 2006-09-23 11:34PM | 0 recs
Re: the Number of Buddhists in the world.

I realize that I didn't construct the argument in the most straightforward way, but you did suggest that the majority of China's 1.3 billion population was Buddhist and that there were political reasons for undercounting Buddhists.  That is what you were wrong about, and that is why I included the estimates of Buddhists in China (and in the world) from the Buddhist source.

by Reece 2006-09-24 06:30AM | 0 recs
Re: the Number of Buddhists in the world.

Again, I don't think I was suggesting a majority of China's population was Buddhist, just that ALL the religions/philosphies/thoughts in China were not being accurately evaluated/assessed.

Being raised in a Chinese household, I think the West/Judeo-Christian world has a different way of integrating religion and spirituality in their daily lives, so therefor have a different set of criteria in terms of how they categorize and label each individual.  Either you are a "believer" or a "non-believer".  In China, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, etc. all exist in Chinese culture and they are blended in together.  It's not, "you are either with us or against us."

And again, I am not trying to get into a pissing contest, just pointing out the fundamental different approaches to religion and why they cannot be judged equally.  They use different standards to assess their influence.

by exLogCabin 2006-09-24 10:20AM | 0 recs
contradictions

Growing up in a very mixed family background, I used to say that we celebrated any religious holiday with good food.

So I'm a Jewish atheist... I absolutely don't believe in a God, but I love aspects of the practice and continue to participate in some rituals and celebrations, so I retain a strong Jewish identity.  (But then again, just because I celebrate Christmas with friends doesn't make me Christian, does it? So why does having a Seder or fasting for Yom Kippur make me Jewish?)

What one believes, what what practices, what one identifies with as a religious culture - these things can be contradictory, can't they?  I honestly wonder sometimes about what it would feel like to not have those contradictions, to have an absolute alignment of belief, practice, and identity. I suspect that is part of what is so attractive to many people about fundamentalism (of any variety) - it offers the a complete opportunity to integration of those things, without a lot of need for confusion. Wouldn't work for me, but I can see the attraction.

And, for the record, I checked atheist, since that's what I believe.

by terje 2006-09-23 09:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My

pantheist/neo-pagan who attends a Unitarian-Universalist congregation, and is ethnically Jewish. :)

by Satori 2006-09-23 09:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Poll: What is the religious affiliation of My
This "Protestant" is actually mystical, scientific, Zen Buddhist, pantheistic, non-literal.
God didn't create the universe, the universe is creating, and I'm one with the creating and the created in this moment. I don't pray to God, I pray from God. Jesus was an enlightened one. etc.
by DeanOR 2006-09-24 12:44AM | 0 recs
Any Ethical Society members here?

Does anyone here belong to an Ethical Society?

For those who don't know, Ethical Society congregations are havens for lapsed believers, whether Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or other.  

My father visited one several times when he was walking the path that eventually led him to Unitarian Universalism, and I attended one myself for years.  

by xebecs 2006-09-24 05:49AM | 0 recs

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