Poll: NC.com religious demographics

RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
Someone on another thread thought that most posters here are atheist/non-theist. I don't think that's true, even though I think non-theism is well represented here. What's your belief system?
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    I'm a Unitarian-Universalist, so, none of the above.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Registered Users Posts: 5,219
    I just thought today about this as a discussion after talking about this topic with my husband the other day.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Registered Users Posts: 8,002
    I guess I'm an atheiest. I have TRIED to believe. Every now and then I'll go to a UU church, but I really can't shake the fact that I just don't believe in god.
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  • JosephineJosephine Registered Users Posts: 14,408 Curl Connoisseur
    Umm, there is no option for a whole lot of other religions, at least have an 'other' option.
  • misspammisspam Registered Users Posts: 5,318
    I voted christianity. I was raised Catholic but have not attended a Catholic service in over 35 years.

    I'll probably go to hell...:lol:
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  • OBBOBB Registered Users Posts: 4,174 Curl Neophyte
    born and raised in a deeply religious Catholic family tree. have aunts and uncles who are priests and nuns. but lately ive been leaning towards Bhudaism.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    What is Unitarian Universalist?
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  • VanedaVaneda Registered Users Posts: 402
    I put undecided.

    I hold out hope there is a God, but I strongly dislike everything about organized religion.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    curlypearl wrote: »
    What is Unitarian Universalist?

    The short answer is - a place for religious liberals and undecideds to go, lol. It's often abbreviated as UU.

    For the longer, official answer, click here.

    ETA: Interestingly enough, I never heard of UU until I took the belief-o-matic quiz over at beliefnet.

    It was nice to see that there was a group that fit my views instead of trying to get my views to fit the group.
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  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    Not about you, RCW, but in general I don't understand why some people care what I choose to label myself in terms of religion. Your own faith isn't affected by what I believe. If I label myself a Christian and I'm not strict enough for you, feel free to think me a heathen and revel in the satisfaction that I will burn in the fiery pits of hell for all eternity.

    Anyway, I was raised Christian, and Catholic like most Hospanics. However, I do not believe in religion precisely because I can't believe a god cares if I have premarital sex or if I don't say my prayers every night. I do believe in a god of some sort. I can't say any labels really fit what I believe.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Registered Users Posts: 7,713
    curlypearl wrote: »
    What is Unitarian Universalist?

    The short answer is - a place for religious liberals and undecideds to go, lol. It's often abbreviated as UU.

    For the longer, official answer, click here.

    ETA: Interestingly enough, I never heard of UU until I took the belief-o-matic quiz over at beliefnet.

    It was nice to see that there was a group that fit my views instead of trying to get my views to fit the group.

    Hm. I'm "religious" in that I'm Christian and go to church every Sunday, and I'm liberal, both politically and socially, but I don't go to a UU church. I remain United Methodist because I AM Christian and I DO profess the belief that Christ, son of God and woman, died to save me fro my sins.

    But I'm still liberal. (I don't know why that bothered me when you wrote it - like you think that a person can only be religious and liberal if they are UU?)

    Anyway. Liberal Christian here, definitely in the minority in Texas...painfully so.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    PartyHair wrote: »
    curlypearl wrote: »
    What is Unitarian Universalist?

    The short answer is - a place for religious liberals and undecideds to go, lol. It's often abbreviated as UU.

    For the longer, official answer, click here.

    ETA: Interestingly enough, I never heard of UU until I took the belief-o-matic quiz over at beliefnet.

    It was nice to see that there was a group that fit my views instead of trying to get my views to fit the group.

    Hm. I'm "religious" in that I'm Christian and go to church every Sunday, and I'm liberal, both politically and socially, but I don't go to a UU church. I remain United Methodist because I AM Christian and I DO profess the belief that Christ, son of God and woman, died to save me fro my sins.

    But I'm still liberal. (I don't know why that bothered me when you wrote it - like you think that a person can only be religious and liberal if they are UU?)

    Anyway. Liberal Christian here, definitely in the minority in Texas...painfully so.

    I should have phrased that better. :)

    Liberal people who are mostly non Trinitarian, although some UUs are still Trinitarian.

    The ones I've attended have been quite mixed with those who are more Deist (which is probably my leaning) Pagan, Agnostics, dabblers in Eastern faiths, and a few Atheists who just enjoyed the fellowship.
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  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Registered Users Posts: 5,581
    Vaneda wrote: »
    I put undecided.

    I hold out hope there is a God, but I strongly dislike everything about organized religion.
    Saria wrote: »
    Not about you, RCW, but in general I don't understand why some people care what I choose to label myself in terms of religion. Your own faith isn't affected by what I believe. If I label myself a Christian and I'm not strict enough for you, feel free to think me a heathen and revel in the satisfaction that I will burn in the fiery pits of hell for all eternity.

    Anyway, I was raised Christian, and Catholic like most Hospanics. However, I do not believe in religion precisely because I can't believe a god cares if I have premarital sex or if I don't say my prayers every night. I do believe in a god of some sort. I can't say any labels really fit what I believe.

    I'm somewhere between these two.
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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Registered Users Posts: 5,640
    I was raised Catholic, though I never believed. My mom finally let my stop going to church in the 5th grade. In 7th or 8th grade I went to a Pentecostal church & Protestant one just because I was curious but alas I still didn't believe. I don't follow any religion now and don't really believe in a god but sometimes wonder if there is something out there.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Registered Users Posts: 3,778
    I selected Christian. I was raised Presbyterian but attend the Russian Orthodox Church with DH.

    I don't know if I will ever convert to Orthodoxy because I have issues with the premise that Mary was "ever virgin." I am also pro-choice, and okay with premarital sex and gay marriage, all of which rule me out as an Orthodox Christian.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,729 Curl Virtuoso
    Raised Catholic, atheist since my late teens.
    I don't know RCW's reasons for wanting to know our religious 'labels' but I think it's interesting to know what people think and feel and how they describe themselves, whether it's their hair style, religion, political persuasion, etc. Or maybe I'm just nosy! : )
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  • geekygeeky Registered Users Posts: 4,995
    I voted judaism because I do observe some Reform Judaism, for cultural reasons. But my personal beliefs are non-theistic. I don't believe in a personal deity. If I believe in anything it is something like The Force and it is expressed in the laws of nature and science. So really, I am "other".
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  • AG.AG. Registered Users Posts: 1,519 Curl Neophyte
    None of the above. I'm a Noahide (If you're Jewish, you surely know what I'm talking about).


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  • SigiSigi Registered Users Posts: 2,379
    I'm agnostic so I voted undecided or whatever that option was.
  • curlyarcacurlyarca Registered Users Posts: 8,449 Curl Connoisseur
    I agree with Saria.

    I was raised without a religion. My parents introduced me to everything. When I was 16 or so, I decided organized religion was not for me. I will admit, some of the rituals associated with religions can have a calming effect, but not enough for me to drink the kool-aid.

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  • TechKnockoutTechKnockout Registered Users Posts: 415
    You need an "other" option at least! There are a lot of religions you're leaving out, RCW.

    I'm an atheist.

    Tried Christianity. Tried Paganism. Tried Buddhism. Now I realize that I'm just an atheist. If I HAD to pick a religion that most closely mirrored my beliefs, it would be Buddhism.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    Sorry...I screwed up. Unfortunately, I can't edit a poll once it's posted. Anyone wanting to vote "other" should use the "undecided" option and just specify in a post.
  • curlysue21curlysue21 Registered Users Posts: 5,219
    I too, like many of you, was raised Catholic. I went to church every Sunday until I moved out on my own. Religion did not influence me like my mother had hoped. She came from a strong religious background and was even a teacher and principal of a catholic school. My dad was protestant and did not take part in church. My sisters go to church. Luckily my mother has never pushed the issue on me and has come to the conclusion that I am an adult and allowed to make up my own mind.

    I have come to my own conclusions and choose not to participate in any organized religion. But I have no problem with other people's choices for what they do as far as religion. I think whatever gives you peace and comforts you is fine by me.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Registered Users Posts: 7,713
    curlyarca wrote: »
    I agree with Saria.

    I was raised without a religion. My parents introduced me to everything. When I was 16 or so, I decided organized religion was not for me. I will admit, some of the rituals associated with religions can have a calming effect, but not enough for me to drink the kool-aid.

    :lol: Ooookay. Thanks for that. I don't know about other Christian sects, but in Methodism at least, no one is forcing me to do anything, and they certainly aren't requiring me to commit suicide in the name of Methodism.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Registered Users Posts: 3,530 Curl Neophyte
    I'm Hindu, which didn't make it into the poll.

    Anyways, I consider myself a Hindu from a cultural perspective, and agnostic-leaning-towards-atheist in my spiritual beliefs.


  • PigletPiglet Registered Users Posts: 1,451 Curl Neophyte
    I describe myself as as agnostic, but culturally Christian and technically Jewish.
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  • MizKerriMizKerri Registered Users Posts: 1,701
    I picked "undecided" but I really mean "other." I am not a fan of organized religion, but I still believe in some kind of "force", very much like what Geeky said. I practiced Paganism for most of my 20s, but it's no longer something I truly subscribe to and really was an attempt at finding a religion that "fit" me. I don't have that need anymore.
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Registered Users Posts: 8,449 Curl Connoisseur
    PartyHair wrote: »
    curlyarca wrote: »
    I agree with Saria.

    I was raised without a religion. My parents introduced me to everything. When I was 16 or so, I decided organized religion was not for me. I will admit, some of the rituals associated with religions can have a calming effect, but not enough for me to drink the kool-aid.

    :lol: Ooookay. Thanks for that. I don't know about other Christian sects, but in Methodism at least, no one is forcing me to do anything, and they certainly aren't requiring me to commit suicide in the name of Methodism.

    Obviously (or at least I thought it was obvious), I'm not talking about that whole Jim Jones mess literally. I'm referring to the fact that I don't buy into any organized religion completely. Not trying to offend, and sorry if I did.

    I really don't care what anyone else does/or believes as long as they are not affecting me and my life and my choices.

    Everybody: do you.

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  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    Sigi wrote: »
    I'm agnostic so I voted undecided or whatever that option was.

    This.

    I was raised Catholic and baptized though. Blah.
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  • automaticflowersautomaticflowers Registered Users Posts: 3,465
    I voted atheist. I'm surprised so many people chose that option. Thought there were only a handful of us. :)

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