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What is your religion?

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What is your religion?

Budhist
1
3%
Christian, Catholic
1
3%
Christian, Protestant
1
3%
Hindu
1
3%
Jewish
0
No votes
Muslim
1
3%
Other
12
38%
None (Atheist)
15
47%
 
Total votes : 32

What is your religion?

Postby Beaver » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:35 pm

The Bishop Morlino cover story made me wonder about the religion of Isthmus readers and forum users. Here is an anonymous poll.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:46 pm

Your categories are offensively simplistic, but understandable coming from a Catholic.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:08 pm

There's a lot of pot smokers in town, but I don't know that I'd qualify it as a relig--oh, Buddhist.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:35 pm

You left out the pastafarians.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Detritus » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:48 pm

Where is the "Don't know / don't care" option? Cuz, you know, I couldn't care less about religion, personally.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Beaver » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:54 pm

That would be the None-Atheist choice.

green union terrace chair wrote:Your categories are offensively simplistic, but understandable coming from a Catholic.

What categories would you suggest? I don't like lengthy polls.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:08 pm

Detritus wrote:Where is the "Don't know / don't care" option?

Otherwise know as the agnostics (I'm one too).

Here's our prayer:
Oh God (if there is a god),
Save my soul (if I have a soul).
Amen
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby HOMOsapien » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:17 pm

I don't know what my religion is. We worship the following:

TB-303s
Having sex with strangers
The sweet leaf
Vibrations
Vibe
All things beautiful
Not giving a damn about established norms
Drinking

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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Detritus » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:29 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Detritus wrote:Where is the "Don't know / don't care" option?

Otherwise know as the agnostics (I'm one too).

Here's our prayer:
Oh God (if there is a god),
Save my soul (if I have a soul).
Amen


Mm, I'd disagree with you there. An atheist doesn't believe in god. An agnostic is undecided whether there is a god or not. I just don't give a damn--I find the whole question is pointless. Therefore, I don't know if I "have a religion" or not, much less knowing something as specific as whether or not there is a god (whatever that would be).
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:39 pm

Agnostics are skeptics, as in I don't know. Many also say I don't care. I also fall into that subset. Same with beliefs in astrology and extra-terrestrial visitors to earth.

Atheists say that god does not exist, but since one cannot prove a negative, that is just another unsubstantiated belief.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:09 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Agnostics are skeptics, as in I don't know. Many also say I don't care. I also fall into that subset. Same with beliefs in astrology and extra-terrestrial visitors to earth.

Atheists say that god does not exist, but since one cannot prove a negative, that is just another unsubstantiated belief.


So you're saying you're agnostic about the existence of unicorns and Santa Claus too? After all, you cannot prove a negative, right?*

While true that the existence of God cannot be disproven, it is reasonable to point out that there is zero evidence that such a thing exists, and things which exist -- be they animal, vegetable, mineral, or even invisible energy -- tend to leave evidence. Given that, I can reasonably say that the probability of God existing is basically the same as someone discovering a leprechaun from Atlantis while flying in their astral form over the crash site of an alien spacecraft.


*This is, of course, not at all true. I can easily prove that there are no purple elephants in my lamp shade just by appealing to facts already known about elephants and lamp shades. There are no facts in evidence about the existence of God, so there's nothing to confirm or deny. The same is true for mermaids, but I'm sure you don't care about their existence either.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby rabble » Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:46 pm

Pantheist. Actually that probably isn't inclusive enough. Every entity ever invoked, including the voices heard by drunks living under the bridge (and Santa and the Easter Bunny) exists. Their power is given to them by their believers.

They may or may not be what their believers envision.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:24 pm

I worship the Great Beaver. The earth arose from the pile of wood chips that was formed when she gnawed down the tree of eternity.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:57 pm

To the good professor: I accept your quibble about not being able to prove a negative, but I've got one question. Are you an atheist or an agnostic concerning the possibility of intelligent life somewhere out in the universe? (Yes, I know that the term atheist applies to dieties not ETs.) Or as Johnny Carson said in his Carl Sagan voice "billions upon billions." Sagan, an atheist concerning the god thing, thought the probability of extraterrestrial intelligent life approaches certainty.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby rabble » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:58 pm

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:I worship the Great Beaver. The earth arose from the pile of wood chips that was formed when she gnawed down the tree of eternity.

And then it's turtles. All the way down.
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