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01-07-2012, 06:04 AM
Your family's religions.
Thought it could be nice to hear what your families' religion is, or was, if at all.

I was born to atheist parents. So much that we've never talked about anything god or religion related until several months ago when I was talking with my 12 years old sister on the universe. Then I learnt that my mom is an atheist, as well as my father, except that he somehow believes (I'm not sure if he still believes after out conversation) in souls.

From my mom's side my grandma is somewhat Christian (although other than praying before flights to feel safe and since recently going around the house with a candle, probably for purification, she doesn't do anything related to Christianity). Her husband, my grandfather, is Jewish by mother however I suppose he wasn't a believer since he was born to a communist father who prohibited religion from what I heard). My great grandmother (my mom's grandma) was a Christian, was praying before meals and such, but didn't really indoctrinate my mom into religion. Her familymembers were Deacans and such, and that's all I know. I've heard that they got pretty much killed by communists, and my great grandmother's mom was killed by the Nazis when they got to their town (wasn't Jewish, tho), but that's unrelated.



So what about you guys?
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01-07-2012, 06:47 AM
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My father is an atheist. He'd been pretty outspoken about his atheism since he got tenured. He is a University Professor and he teaches physics, and he often has to contend with students bringing their gods into the classroom. Like me, he's a great fan of Dawkins and Hitchens.

I'm not sure about my mother. I think she's kind of a Christian with no denomination, and vaguely believes that there is some sort of god-thing out there. She goes to church with her friends in the summer, but I think she just does that for the social element.

Both my siblings are atheists. I don't really know when my brother became one, but I know the exact moment when my sister lost her religion, because I was at a party close to where her "cult" had bible study and she called me halfway through one of their meetings asking if I would go get her. When I saw her walking up to me I knew the illusion had fallen. We didn't talk about it until years later but I knew then that she was "one of us".

I am guessing my extended family all identify as Catholic. But I don't talk to them enough to know if any of them really believe the crazy stuff.

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01-07-2012, 06:57 AM
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Although I have a huge family I don't have a lot of contact with any. I know from my mother's side, my grandparents are catholic, but not active. I know that my father is an atheist, I know that one of my brothers believes in god but he is not babtized and he does not go to church like ever. About the other brother, I have no idea, last time I heard, he identified as atheist. My mother, you never know what she has in mind, I think right now atheist. But she went through some phases, when I was small it was catholic, but always with the witchy element. Then she lost faith again, then she converted to protestant, then she lost her faith again... who knows, really Big Grin

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01-07-2012, 07:10 AM
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My family was Catholic, some went to church every week, some hardly ever. I was lucky in that my mom had me baptized as a baby but dropped it after that. On occasion, I think she was worried about not indoctrinating me into the faith but she never made an effort to make me go. At least one of my brothers is an Atheist, the rest are either devout Catholics or mildly religious.

My mom believed in god but I think she was finding the Catholic church to be a bit of joke. Before she died she was very upset at the child rape issue and the way they handled it. We never had any deep discussions on religion.

The scariest religious moment I personally experienced was a friend who was your normal teenage boy and went on a "retreat" and came back "born again". I had never run into this and couldn't quite get it. He was very obsessed with how Christ was killed (a la Mel Gibson but way back in the day), was sure computers were of the devil and everyone needed saving, except for me that is. Til this day he has never pushed his religion on me. You think my penchant for Scientific American, maths and all things Quantum Mechanical would have placed me numero uno on the list Smile

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01-07-2012, 09:01 AM
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The whole of my family are Christians! I feel very alone Sadcryface and I haven't told them. The reason why is because they are Africans. Africans are very superstitious. Very Evil_monster . I don't want to get killed No . (I felt deeply disturbed of how religious my country is when I went to visit for last summer. There was everything: adverts, TV shows, music, articles about witchcraft incidents...everything. To say I want to go back home(England) was the thing on my mind though out the visit, I feel more safe in England than my birth country)
However, my mum and dad are pretty laxed Christians(Not sure on the other family members). I haven't been to church for 4 years(except weddings). We never bring up the subject of religion. It seems uncomfortable to speak about religion(well for me). Bring up the subject almost uncomfortable here in England. Confused

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01-07-2012, 02:01 PM
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I'm upper-crust Methodist ministers and missionaries crossed with Hillbilly Baptist Fundies.

Fortunately my parents were pretty apathetic about the whole thing and preferred to push education rather than religion.

My ex-sibling, however, got the other half of the DNA and turned into a major super mega fundie cult asswipe. Which explains the "ex-."

We have enough youth. How about looking for the Fountain of Smart?
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01-07-2012, 04:36 PM (This post was last modified: 01-07-2012 04:41 PM by ghostexorcist.)
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My family has always been Southern Baptist (SB) as far as I can tell. Despite being SB, my maternal grandmother went to a Catholic school as a child and almost became a nun. My uncle, who is older than my mother, was SB, but switched to being a Jehovah's Witness when he met my Dominican aunt. Both my mother and father are SB. My mother doesn't go to church or read the bible, but she prays every day. My father is what I like to call a "fair weather Christian" as he is only religious when it suits his interests. He normally spends his time lifting weights and chasing after women half his age. My step-father is an agnostic who is a borderline atheist. My half-sister is a Mormon thanks to her mother's conversion years ago. Whenever she came back from Mormon Summer camp I would ask her about the number of babies that she sacrificed (something that she didn't like). My half-brother is a Catholic due to his mother's religious leanings. He is not super religions and might even be an atheist. I am of course an Atheist.
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01-07-2012, 07:01 PM
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So my parents are Lutheran. Today I posted just a funny little tidbit about Obama not being the brown skinned anti war socialist person giving out healthcare to the poor, Jesus was. My parents went on full retaliation stating I should shutup about it and that I don't go after people who believe in Ufos and that I need to change my life and let go of all my hate. I have schizophrenia but I have a job and I'm going to school next semester and they say all I'm doing with my life is smoking pot and playing video games. I really hate them right now for this and there is tension in the household. Can't move out and I'm just sick of what they are telling me so I am either going to have to never post anything slightly atheist on Facebook or delete them from it. Ughh...
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01-07-2012, 07:35 PM
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(01-07-2012 07:01 PM)Mobeus Wrote:  So my parents are Lutheran. Today I posted just a funny little tidbit about Obama not being the brown skinned anti war socialist person giving out healthcare to the poor, Jesus was. My parents went on full retaliation stating I should shutup ...
So, you're parents are anti-Jesus? Unsure Thought you said they were Lutheran.

Oh! Big Grin Ha- I get it - They don't like the black guy. Riiiight. Dodgy

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01-07-2012, 09:46 PM
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My father and his parents were Catholic. Probably back many more generations than that. Dad went along with "what he was supposed to do" as far as us kids being raised in the church but I really don't think he was all that into it. A couple years after he graduated from vet school and started his own practice, he discovered golf and the Sunday morning, men only rule at the county club. That pretty much ended his mass attendance. The three of us kids went to Catholic schools for most of all of our school careers because he thought that was a good business decision considering most of his clients were also Catholic.

By the time he died, I don't know that he had any belief at all. I do know he was disgruntled with the church and he seriously questioned the Bible and was driven mad by moving to the Bible belt at mom's urging.

I think mom's side was Methodist although I don't know of her attending a church service. She was not religious at all and hated having to deal with the Catholic thing although it was required that she said would when they got married. Rumor has it she attends a church now but I feel sure it's to please the man she left dad for.

Overall, other than for appearances religion was a non-issue.

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