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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcB View Post
    I’m also fond of the Orthodox tradition. Coincidentally, the contemplative method I use - Prayer of the Heart - is used more among the Orthodox, than it is in Catholicism. I’ve always enjoyed learning about other religions. Although, I tend to focus on their contemplative traditions. Which is what I find interesting.
    Are you familiar with Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam? Interestingly, that and Orthodox traditions tend to originate in the Near East and have some overlapping components, such as reverence of saints and intercession. Part of my family are Sufis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misanthropy View Post
    Are you familiar with Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam? Interestingly, that and Orthodox traditions tend to originate in the Near East and have some overlapping components, such as reverence of saints and intercession. Part of my family are Sufis.
    I am familiar with Sufism but to a lesser degree. It’s a tradition I’ve always wanted to explore but at this point, I haven’t looked at it more closely.
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    I live in a "zombie catholic" region i.e a place where religion was active and remains important in the collective consciousness but where in a few decades Catholicism strongly weakened as a practice and faith.
    I am agnostic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trelvern View Post
    I live in a "zombie catholic" region i.e a place where religion was active and remains important in the collective consciousness but where in a few decades Catholicism strongly weakened as a practice and faith.
    I am agnostic.
    Yeah 60% of french people declare themselves Catholic but it's more being a cultural catholic not an active catholic.

    Churches are deserted.

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    I essentially grew up without religion or any specific belief system, except whatever I absorbed from general society. My father's family were mostly practicing Protestants and my mother's family were mostly non-practicing Jews, but neither of them was into religion. However, while I've always been highly suspicious of unquestioning believers (though I do admire the capacity for faith) I've sought to inform myself as much as possible about different belief systems. More recently I've turned to Judaism and started attending services and Torah study in a Reform synagogue, partly due to a desire to reconnect with my ancestors and their faith, but also out of intellectual curiosity. I like the freedom I have to question things in that particular environment. I think all religions offer (or should offer) room for questioning and exploration - that's kind of the point - but too often critical thinking gets shut out.

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    I grew up with a strict christan mother and in my childhood i was very religious almost fanatic in some ways. With around 13-15 years i lost interest in Christian religion quickly and became almost an atheist. Monotheistic and generally theistic religions felt hollow for me but i still had a need for spirituality. So started to read much about many religons and in the end became mostly interested in Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism. I would say i still have my spiritual beliefs and concepts but they can not easily categorizied and assigned to a religion.

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    None. My lot and the families they married into from round about packed it in (various obscure flavours of Methodism or just ignorant heathen coalminers) after WW1, so all their descendants were not "atheists", just realised there was absolutely nothing there, so it just dribbled away. A few basically crazed widows dabbled in Spiritualism, out of desperation.

    One of very few things that used to bring out the bitterness and frank narrow-eyed hatred in those Contemptibles and Pals who'd got back (often edited versions of their outgoing selves), according to those of my parent's generation born in the late 20s/30s, was the "ruddy parsons" who they had to endure wittering on with some fatuous (compulsory) sermon when they were due to be sent over the top.

    They didn't hate the Germans. Good brave lads, by all accounts, and in the s*** through no fault of their own, same as them.
    But by God did they ever hate those smarmy chaplains, and everything to do with them. A load of those that could be bothered carrying on, rather than drinking themselves to death, became Socialists (if they weren't already) or even outright, paid-up Commies.

    Darwin didn't kill God, as he allegedly used to worry. Sir John French and Douglas Haig did.

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