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15-04-2013, 11:20 AM (This post was last modified: 15-04-2013 04:36 PM by Hughsie.)
How many people you know are religious? What are general attitudes towards them?
I'm from the UK and I can think of only one person I know who is religious (a Christian). Everyone thinks she's been brainwashed.
I'm wondering whether this is the same with other people - or the complete opposite? I'm interested to know - especially tell me which part of the world you come from. Also what kind of people do you socialise and spend your time with?

A little about the society I associate with: My friends I know mainly based around music - Indie and punk. My work friends are scientists. My family are all atheists. So it may be the people I hang around with most - but I've had quite a few different jobs in call centres and in shops, so I've been around many different types of people, but still not come across many religious people. And if I have then they are definitely seen as 'wackos' rather than 'normal'. At Uni I knew a few muslims, but thats it.

So where are you from? What kind of people do you spend your time with? And who do you know is religious/atheist?
Be interesting to find out. Ta

(p.s I posted this in the forums management bit too by mistake. Sorry for the double-up)
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15-04-2013, 12:32 PM
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I'm from Germany and I spend my time with fellow "Abiturienten".

My father and one of my two brothers are Christians. My mother, the remaining brother and me are atheists. Apart from three exceptions (two Christians, one Muslim), all of whom are intelligent people, everyone I know on my school is a non-believer.

With that said, as I've mentioned in another thread, religion or the lack thereof are a non-issue in my country. We (generally) don't talk or debate about it because it's a private matter.

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15-04-2013, 02:06 PM
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Nearly everybody I know is religious (though not what I would call extreme).
Not my family, though. Thanks be to No God. [Image: dw6il5.gif]

The usual American "liberal" concept of courtesy is just don't talk about religion.

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15-04-2013, 02:18 PM
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My friends aren't religious (or they're deist at worst) but in the workplace nearly everyone there is either Catholic or Muslim. I don't give them special treatment though it really depends on the person. Can't get along with everyone, you know!

Everyone behaves kindly and I'm a nice person. My attitude tends to change when discussion veer into Quran talk and that's where I'll passively listen to the conversation without getting involved. But I can't help that certain absurdities make me smirk and I won't hide my contempt at times.
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15-04-2013, 04:35 PM
How many people do you know are religious? What are general attitudes towards them?
I'm also in the UK and my family are all Christians. I don't know that many outside my family though.

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15-04-2013, 05:08 PM
RE: How many people you know are religious? What are general attitudes towards them?
In Australia, religion in my experiences is seen somewhat of a private thing, though in public many people seem to find it an annoying pest.
I have been told that most of my extended family (and father perhaps my mother also) are religious, at least to some degree. Out side of that, I know few people who are confirmed as religious, though I do have a few suspects.

As for the second question in the title from a personal detail: I, with a few exceptions, tend to find the religious somewhat annoying, and I don't entirely know why.

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15-04-2013, 05:30 PM (This post was last modified: 15-04-2013 05:34 PM by Cardinal Smurf.)
How many people you know are religious? What are general attitudes towards them?
I live in Southern California. I was born into a religious family. I have an uncle who is a Lutheran minister. My mother and father each (separately) took me to Methodist churches as a child. My maternal grandfather directed church choirs and bands. His wife played the organ and sang in same.

I grew up as a believer surrounded by folks I pretty much assumed to be religious. It hasn't been until recently that I've been able to identify the diversity of opinions in my family.

My father's religiosity took me by surprise recently. It's as though I conveniently forgot that he had taken me to church regularly when I was young. I had come to some silly assumption that because he was an engineer with an eye on science that he would not be. My half-brother on my father's side is one of the most religious people I know. He's also the only family member to have studied modern physics. I don't enjoy picking his brain often mostly because he gets rather preachy and he freaked me out a while back by speaking in tongues while laying hands on me when I was about 16.

Seems like my nieces and nephews have all gone about 50/50. I know some staunch churchgoers and some fierce atheists (aggressively so).

And then there are the uncles and cousins I had never thought of before who have surprised me recently with their opinions. Some more strongly religious than I ever expected, and some unexpectedly tolerant.

We're all over the map out here.

At work its a mixture. I work in an electronics lab with engineers. Many are atheists. I've identified a small amount of religiosity here though. I've been told by a couple atheist coworkers about their experiences working for Boeing in the past. Apparently theism runs strong among some strains of engineers. It was as much a surprise to me as it had been to them.

My friends are my coworkers who are also gamers. Mostly our little group who once played WoW. We are all admitted atheists.

My 2 daughters have grown to be strong minded young women with an eye to science and culture. They make me proud. But, they are their mother's daughters and still seem to believe in ghosts, "Spirit", hauntings, ancient Native American purification rituals and the like. I hope their continued education in sciences and anthropology will go a long way to correcting this but we shall see.

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15-04-2013, 07:18 PM
RE: How many people you know are religious? What are general attitudes towards them?
Far as I know everyone I know around here is religious, except for one person and my husband, who has passed away.

I tend to go shopping during church time on Sundays since the stores are almost empty. If I get to the checkout within half an hour before church lets out, I never wait at all. Tons of checkers just sitting there waiting for the onslaught...

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16-04-2013, 05:02 AM (This post was last modified: 16-04-2013 06:11 AM by Molitro.)
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(15-04-2013 12:32 PM)Vosur Wrote:  With that said, as I've mentioned in another thread, religion or the lack thereof are a non-issue in my country. We (generally) don't talk or debate about it because it's a private matter.

Pretty much the same down here in Spain, and I'm guessing in most Europe.

I know of very few (no one close, really) that are actively religious, very few really "believe", and certainly not in major religion gods.


I do think we're just plain and simply finally outgrowing religion.
In the US, where religion is still relatively strong, this "fight" has sprung because the religious see clearly that religion's recesion is happening (unstoppably, I'd say), but I see it as the last remanent in the western civilization.


I see as obvious by now that within one or two generations, following the trend of the present day young people, that religion will keep losing importance until it becomes almost nothing.

It's just not Interesting or necessary any more.
And I'm really glad about it.
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16-04-2013, 05:19 AM (This post was last modified: 16-04-2013 05:23 AM by amyb.)
RE: How many people you know are religious? What are general attitudes towards them?
I'm in the US (Pennsylvania) and most of the people around me are religious. Even the ones who aren't extremely religious still believe in the christian god and at least attend church on xmas and easter. Most married people I know got married in a church (a few did not, though). My dad was an atheist in his later years, my mom is more like semi-religious, gets upset if I say "goddamn," but doesn't really attend church. I have cousins and other relatives that are super-religious; they protest gay marriage, will only send their kids to xian colleges, don't believe in evolution. But thank no god, they live in the south and I don't see them much.

A lot of people I went to high school and college with (the ones I still talk to) have become atheists, if they weren't always, and I appreciate this fact when I run into people I went to school with who are not (the ones who are very religious and judgmental, I mean). I also know a fair amount of "spiritual, not religious" people and pagans.

To me, it just seems like the religious have noticed nonreligious trends and are resorting to fundamentalism as a reaction to that. I just hope it's the death throes of religion and doesn't actually mean people will become more insane and hateful in general. I keep reading about religious folks insulating themselves and their kids from outside opinions, and I think that the only reason outside opinions and points of view could be dangerous to them is if they know they are full of shit. I'm not afraid of outside points of view, because my worldview is based on evidence and reality, and will change with new information. Since theirs is not, they have to keep their kids away from normal people for fear of the kids learning that their parents' worldview is nonsense.

That being said, the general attitude toward them here is that it's "normal" to be a christian (very few non-christians here, a few Jewish people but not many). People always seem to assume every other person is a christian. It's shocking to many people when I mention that I'm an atheist, especially to older people (my mom has a 80-something year old friend, I was surprised to find out she's an atheist, though!).
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