February 28th, 2007

Sinfest - Extreme Prayer

My possible religions, based on Belief-O-Matic

My potential religions based on the Belief-o-Matic, http://beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html.

Maybe I am Neo-Pagan, too bad I don't have those mystery school certifications to make it official! (SMILE) As a bit of personal history, I was raised Roman Catholic. It appears I've strayed a bit from that path.

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (86%)
3. Mahayana Buddhism (79%)
4. New Age (76%)
5. Hinduism (70%)
6. Liberal Quakers (69%)
7. New Thought (68%)
8. Taoism (63%)
9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (62%)
10. Reform Judaism (60%)
11. Theravada Buddhism (55%)
12. Sikhism (54%)
13. Scientology (52%)
14. Secular Humanism (50%)
15. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (50%)
16. Jainism (45%)
17. Orthodox Quaker (41%)
18. Bahá'í Faith (35%)
19. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (33%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (31%)
21. Nontheist (26%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (22%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (22%)
24. Roman Catholic (22%)
25. Seventh Day Adventist (18%)
26. Islam (12%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (12%)
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Sinfest - The Truth

The Purpose of Religions

I've believe that any comprehensive religion will have answers to the really "big" questions of life. The answers to these questions contribute order and comfort to people's lives. The Beliefnet quiz had the following "big" question in their survey:
What is the number and nature of the deity (God, gods, higher power)?

Are there human incarnation(s) of God (or of gods/goddesses)?

What are the origins of the physical universe and life on earth?

What happens to humans after death?

Why is there terrible wrongdoing in the world?

Why is there so much suffering in the world?
These would make for an interesting meme...
Sinfest - Cafe 42

The Clarity of a Pagan Identity

On a group journal the following questions were asked…
What I am seeking are personal perspectives/answers to the question, "Why do you consider yourself pagan? What is it about paganism that speaks to you? Why "pagan"?
These questions got me thinking about how people use words to describe their spiritual paths. In their best moments words have a practical utility for defining a group consensus of reality. At their worst moments words divide people’s views of reality. The muddled mean of the two has words just making a confused mess of reality. There are several reasons this happens. Some words unfortunately lend themselves to divided or confused realities. Not all words are created equally for the use in spiritual discussions.

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