If your an Athiest what Religion would you be if you had a choice?

United States
September 22, 2008 10:01am CST
Im just curious if an Atheist or a believer without a religion has to choose between what religion he thinks is the most accuarte, or what he would choose if he had to and or if he felt like it? I heard a lot of people that dont have religions usually believe in God, but decide not to take parts of religion.
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• Australia
23 Sep 08
I'm more an agnostic than an atheist, but for me it would be a toss-up between Wicca (or one of the other neo-Pagan religions) and Daoism. I'll back up a bit and go through the many changes in my beliefs. As a young man I was an extremely devout Christian. Born to a Methodist family which became Christian Scientists for a while, I then attended a High Church Anglican college, and while I was there I actually flirted with taking orders. In the end the inability of teachers to give me rational or even moral reasons for the inconsistencies in Christianity, like a God of love who condones genocide (according to the Bible), or the obvious inconsistencies netween different books of the Bible, I became an atheist. Later I flirted with Judaism, as my first wife was Jewish, but it uses the same book, so that didn't get very far. I became agnostic, or probably as much as anything a Secular Humanist, for the next 25 years. Since then I have looked closely at Buddhism, but found it too impractical to take seriously. To escape Samsara requires basically escaping the world and society, and is simply not for me. Daoism seems to me to be Buddhism without the impracticality, but I have never been able to find a well-written exposition of the path, so it's still in potential. Wicca I did investigate thoroughly, and am an initiated 3rd degree witch, but I ceased practising it about ten years ago. I still consider its principles vastly superior to the monotheistic religions, but I think that in the end I returned to Secular Humanism simply because religious trappings simply don't suit my needs. More recently, 9 years ago in fact, I went back to university, and on the way to an advanced degree in Anthropology took a second degree, Comparative Religion. During the study of that I got to look far more closely than ever before at Islam, and found that once you can get away from the fundamentalist version, it makes as much sense as moderate Christianity or Judaism. The only problem is, for me, it too requires a blind belief in the objective existence of God. At least Wicca allows for an "as if" the God/dess exists scenario which doesn't require that you actually believe in a deity so much as the idea of a deity. Hope that all made sense. Lash
• United States
14 Apr 09
For me I'm an atheist for a few reasons. I first off believe that religion has only been use for a backbone to society to make people become socialized to the point there is a right and wrong and also to help explain things they couldn't explain hundreds of years ago like science. It is completely man made in my opinion. For that reason, and for the reason that almost every religion can be tied together by a few common denominators, I feel that its just slightly different variations in order for each country to socialize their citizens more. And if it was used for socialization purposes, then I don't believe a God would want that and then all his believers would be sinners so therefore whats the point behind it? So to answer your question, even being atheist I wouldn't choose a religion. I don't consider being atheist my religion, because I believe that there should be a lack of religion and that religion is pointless and I hope that I never face something where someone tried to force me to pick something.
@tails88 (135)
• United States
14 Apr 09
none other. i like being an athiest. also i think being a buddhist would be cool... but many say that buddhism is a state of being rather than a relgion. I just dont have the patience or willingness to give up material possessions to be buddhist.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I heard a lot of people that dont have religions usually believe in God, but decide not to take parts of religion Some..but flip of the coin there are also ppl who have tons of religion in theirs lives but DO NOT believe in god at all.. Bottomline, whatever works for the individual is what they need to do..nevermind what anyone else does or thinks
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I would be a pantheist I think, because most of what I believe is shared by the pantheist view.
• Egypt
22 Sep 08
when you are in the way of being religious you have to read about all the relegions and see what of them has more Contradictions and by this way you can decide what is right and what is wrong.. for me islam reveals all things and any question i have i found in islam and find proofs for it in our life....
@1hopefulman (31598)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
Some people view atheism as a religion.