I was born Catholic and pretty much share the same experience as Yodes -- I got less and less interested in the way Religion works, how it's structured, and sometimes what it drives people to do (or not do on sometimes very arbitrary grounds). I still respect it a ton and I think it's made some beautiful buildings and inspired some fantastic artwork around the world (and to no specific religion). I do like how peaceful they can be (but extremists take the messages too far that it becomes unappealing; I'm definitely looking at "God warriors
" or any sort of "honor killing" -- but I feel these cases are over-exaggerated and represent a minority). Otherwise, for the most part, I can respect religion, and I think it can do wonderful things; at the very least it creates one of many forms of community for people to share. But I don't really consider myself anything (except maybe Roman Orthodox but in the loosest, possible
interpretation of that [read below]).
I believe in a god, but I don't think it's a Christian or any religion-specific god. I think there's a lot out there we can't get at or really understand, but I'd like to think there's more to what we just see everyday. Shakespeare said it for me I think... "There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy
". That's non-specific enough and keeps my mind open.
Other than that, I'm a "C&E" type of Catholic, I join my dad at "Christmas & Easter" for mass (I like the old guy, I keep him company and it matters to him), and I pray when we do a big family get together; but I'm not devout, nor do I really care, nor do I think YOU'RE IMMORTAL SOUL WILL BE DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED TO HELL for doing too many bad things.
I do hope something happens when we die. I don't think it's white puffy clouds and angels playing harps; but I hope on a more selfish ground: I don't want to think my consciousness was for nothing other than to turn to oblivion in the end. I hope there's something else after just to know "I" don't actually fade away. That'd make me blue
EDIT: I don't doubt this topic is still playing with fire; but I think/hope we can be good about it.
EDIT/PS: I won't poo-poo people's religion....unless you're a Scientologist. That's just.....augh