Posted by EpicSteve (6479 posts) 4 months, 21 days ago

Poll: Do you actively participate in a religion? (723 votes)

Yes 15%
No 86%

Weird topic for a game site. But I'm writing an article in a paper about people in their late teens to late twenties about their relationship with religion.

There are a ton of statistics, but I wanted to do some of my own research. You know...journalism.

When I say "actively", that can be subjective. What I mean by that is that you subscribe to a religion, and you go to church on a regular basis or perform whatever duties your religion asks of you.

Please vote and comment below (or PM me if you aren't comfortable) with your age, gender, the state you live in, and what university you attend if you're a student. Also throw in your major if you can.

I suspect that a large portion of this country might say "I'm a Christian", but they never read their religious text, only go to church on Christmas, and not live by that doctrine. Or the person that had Jewish parents claim to be part of the Jewish "faith", but see Judaism as more of a race. That wouldn't count as a "yes" in my poll.

Simply asking if someone subscribes to a religion wouldn't provide the kind of information I'm seeking.

I'd also like to get an answer of why or why not. Be aware of the forum's rules and try not to be aggressive in answering that question.

#251 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5373 posts) -

Man, this thread sure has gotten heated since the last time I checked on it. I guess it could've gotten a lot worse faster on other parts of the Internet.

#252 Edited by horseman6 (385 posts) -

@leebmx: I celebrate Christmas because of family but we don't celebrate Easter and put much more emphasis on Chanukah and Passover.

I never meant to say that you weren't a Jew, I'm just pointing out some of the illogical beliefs that some people in the Jewish community have. I've been fighting the whole, "you're not Jewish because you believe Jesus is the Messiah. But if you don't believe in God, that's okay, you're still one of us thing for years." It's frustrating but I've kind of gotten over it by now.

If your parents or one of your parents is Jewish, I believe that you are Jewish by bloodline no matter what beliefs you have. The religious part of it gets very complicated.

Muslim beliefs have some basis in the old testament but the Quran and Bible are completely different and we share completely different beliefs.

#253 Posted by Grillbar (1812 posts) -

no, i dont belive in what they are selling. im fine with people having there beliefs as long as they are not hurting anyone and not trying to ram it down my throat. so im a open minded atheist. most of my country and therefore most of the habbits and customs are of christian protestants but nothing really major. and neither of my parents, actually none in my family that i know of believe in any religion.
in school i had a project that lasted 2 weeks. and i chose religion where i thoroughly studied all kinds of religion and i diddent find anything i could commit to. althought i was forced to it would be zen Buddhism an ofspring of regular Buddhism
dont know if that part helps

M 27, Denmark. job: hard to explain since its a multitude of things combined in to one. so there is really not a direct word for it. but roughly it would be plumber
i have only been to church when im forced to. like babtism, weddings and funerals.

#254 Posted by 49th (2722 posts) -

I would say I'm an atheist. I have come close to eating those little discs of bread in a church though. I wonder what those are like.

#255 Edited by audioBusting (1491 posts) -

I am a confirmed Catholic who used to go to church regularly. In the past few years, the participation kinda lost its meaning to me, and I don't feel like I belong in any religious community anymore. So I stopped going. That said, religion is still a big part of my culture (not just Catholicism), and strangely I think I now care about religion more than I ever did when I was an active participant.

edit: forgot to say: early 20's, M, currently studying computer science in VIC, AU

#256 Posted by StarvingGamer (8128 posts) -

Atheist, 31 (aged out of your study?), male, Los Angeles, went to CSULA for general music before burning out on department politics.

I spent a long section of my late-teens/early-twenties really wanting to believe in religion because of that whole mortality thing. It was more of a coincidence, but during that time I dated three very religious women, the kind that don't just attend service but help lead it. So I spent my fair share of time in church, some of it in front of the congregation helping lead everyone in song. None of that changed me though. I didn't grow up atheist. Religion was something we never talked about in my household. But the more and more I became exposed to it over time it just became clear to me that it was all made-up, just like the Greek and Roman stuff we learned about in school. Even now as I feel my old-ass hurtling towards oblivion and lay awake at night paralyzed by the reality of it all, sometimes I think to myself "boy I hope I'm wrong about this afterlife stuff" even though I know I'm not.

Maybe I'll find religion when I'm 60.

#257 Edited by TheSoldier89 (14 posts) -

No, Age 24, I'm a server at an Italian Restaurant and living in Auburn Hills, MI, United States. And to fully answer your question I do not actively follow a religion in my adult life. I mean I was raised as Baptist and went to church up until around the age of 17 or so when I started working. I really didn't have the time to go to sunday service. I believe in god and do my best to be a good person but most of my religious views kinda have a spiritual lean to them. Long story short I believe in doing good deeds for the sake of doing good deeds and nothing more.

#258 Posted by guiseppe (2840 posts) -

Nope, I don't have time for such nonsense.

#259 Posted by Soberdude (11 posts) -

Late 21, currently studying design and living somewhere in Asia. To answer you question yes. Here comes the short story.

My family when I was growing up are nominal muslims; just as many others in the state. We participate here and there but not what you call as active participants.

I was never forced going to the mosque,read the Quran or pray. Perhaps in twist of fate, I come to do those things anyway, but out of choice rather than being told to do them.

Through that I fostered my faith in Islam little by little that eventually yes, I do practice Islam. Avoid the intoxicants, prohibited meals, actually fasting depriving myself meals till sundown. Of course currently living around with Muslims from different parts of the Earth; different peoples and language but unified by the same faith certainly helps maintaining that religiosity.

Hope that helps with your research.

#260 Edited by myketuna (1672 posts) -

No, I don't actively participate in a religion.

23, Male, Texas, A&M, Computer Science.

#261 Posted by Subjugation (4719 posts) -

23, Male, Utah, LDS, BYU, Business Management (Marketing)

Haven't been to church in a while. I should fix that.

#262 Edited by Intro (1206 posts) -

No. 20, male, Ohio, Youngstown State University Electrical Engineering

I was an atheist at 14 when I read a story about a kid leaving church getting shot. I didn't know him, but a coworker had some friends who knew the kid and he was great I heard. I've always questioned religion because even at a young age it didn't make sense to me, especially the stories I heard from the bible. My family are all believers, but not really into all the church stuff. But they pray and all that, just don't really talk about it which I respect. I started reading more information online because I wanted to learn, after reading topics regarding religion and science for years, I'm a firm atheist now. That's all I guess.

#263 Posted by Scrawnto (2440 posts) -

No. I was not raised in a religious household. I went to a Christmas service once when I was 21 or so, and was pretty weirded out by it. It was like being in a big room where everyone claims to have the same imaginary friend.

I consider myself agnostic. I don't believe that anyone can prove there is a higher power, and I've seen nothing that compels me to follow one faith over another. I suppose that makes me effectively atheist. I certainly don't believe that there is an all powerful being performing miracles on a daily basis, or revealing itself to humans through prophecy.

I celebrate Christmas and Easter, but in a non-religious way, like Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July. I just like holidays for the sake of celebration and tradition (so long as those traditions don't hurt anyone). It's nice to give and receive gifts, and it's nice to see family and friends.

25, male, Wisconsin, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2011

#264 Edited by fisk0 (3990 posts) -

@leebmx said:

@horseman6: Do you celebrate Christmas, Easter etc? I don't see how you could believe in Jesus and not celebrate Easter at least.

In Sweden the Easter celebrations have more to do with the Witch trials of the 16th century than any direct Christian traditions, at least in the public mind, I think.

Kids dress up as witches and go around the neighborhood asking for candy, like how you seem to celebrate Halloween, and there's something vague said about the Witches flying to Blåkulla/the Blue Virgin island to hold a sabbath with the Devil.

Then there's of course a whole bunch of Easter rabbits and eggs which I don't think anybody has any idea of what they have to do with anything.

As for Christmas, we celebrated that before the country was Christianized, under a pagan name and celebrated it largely the same way (our "santa" isn't a Christian saint, but traditionally the spirit of a deceased family member or former owner of the house who still watches over the residents). Even the Christians here use the pagan name Jul, even if they apply their own theistic ideas on it, with going to church, talking and singing about Christ and all that stuff.

#265 Posted by kristov_romanov (457 posts) -

Yep, Roman Catholic 30 and Aussie. As for why I am, it's just as part of me as being brown haired or male, it's me. Gay too, which I assume isn't relevant, but just who I am too.

#266 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1783 posts) -

Andrew Ryan had it right on the gates leading into Rapture. "No gods or demons. Only man." I don't believe in Santa Claus or the Peter Pan. Why should I believe in a God? Even if I did, which on is the correct one? The one your parents said it was?

#267 Posted by EpicSteve (6479 posts) -
#268 Posted by Lunnington (171 posts) -

I'm kind of shocked at the amount of non-religious on here. I expected us to be a majority, but damn that's quite a big one.

#269 Posted by Bamsen (340 posts) -





Political Science

University of Agder

#272 Posted by Haruko (291 posts) -

No, 28, male, Defiance Collage, Comp Sci, Ohio. Had the preacher at my church proceed to go on an anti gay rant after finding out a member of the congregations kid had come out as gay (a friend of mine), walked out and never went back, fuck bigots.

Although I can say I'm in churches quite a bit as I do wiring and IT installs in churches and nursing homes a whole lot so I can play the part if need be.