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    I was raised in a pretty secular household, and my parents didn't impose any religions or any spiritual affiliations on me. Before I was 7 I believed in this concept of god, but with no attached meaning, I kind of like acknowledged that people think there is this creator running things behind the scenes and I really didn't have an opinion. When I was 7, I actually began to think about this concept and actually started talking about religion and spiritualism with my classmates and seeing their perspective, naturally, being in the south, these students were taken aback when I didn't particularly know much about the subject. Their first instinct was to try and teach me every little thing about Christianity, and the more I learned about it, the more skeptical I became. Eventually I came to a conclusion, it seemed like a fairy tale to me. I didn't know that there were actually words for people who didn't believe in God at the time, so I didn't fully become an Agnostic until I was somewhere around 10-12 I think. I guess I went from deist to agnostic as a child looking back on it now (Even though my 7 year old self had no clue what deism was).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelLight2012 View Post
    This will be a little difficult for me to answer without fear of being judged, but here goes...

    When I was in high school, I had more questions than answers regarding Hinduism (the religion I was born into) as well as Catholicism - so I started searching for answers in other places. During my junior and senior year, I started experimenting with Wicca. I originally wanted to try this path because I thought I could use the knowledge to protect my mom from certain negative influences in her life. There were a few friends of mine who encouraged it, since they knew of my love for nature and of my later desire to become more "connected" with nature in a sense. One such friend (he later died from brain cancer just a few months before I turned 18) saw and described my personality as "a rainbow across a blue sky" - he therefore rechristened me 'Iris'.

    I eventually reverted back to Hinduism once I began to understand the scriptures in a new light; but at the same time, I'm grateful for the lessons in humanity, tolerance and mercy that I learned during my high school phase, because they have helped me become a kinder person.
    How do you feel about the caste system, the position of women, the abuse of children, the superstition, and the endemic poverty of Hinduism?

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    Born and raised in a family deeply influenced by Sartre, Russel, Marx and Mao.

    When I was a teen, I probably was closer to the Existential Atheism point of view: the modern industrial world is gradually losing its enchanted nature, and becomes disenchanted in the process.

    I too, am becoming more and more disenchanted somehow, and closer to pure Scientific Atheism (closer to Dawkins ideas). But the paradox is that I believe that technics and computers have become so evolved and so complex that they are currently re-enchanting this world, the invention of Internet being a good example. We now live in a world where nature is devoid of any spirit, elves or gremlins, so we are inventing our own electronic spirits, electronic elves and electronic gremlins to fill that void.

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    Even as a kid, I've never really understood the purpose of religion, or what it could mean to "believe". While I've often witnessed people praying or attending at religious rituals or services, I've never understood what they were doing. I probably never will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    How do you feel about the caste system, the position of women, the abuse of children, the superstition, and the endemic poverty of Hinduism?
    The caste system has no place in today's world, given how those at the "lowest" end are mistreated in India. You would be surprised to find how many people are not able to obtain a decent job there just because of the caste they were "born into". Even the thought of it is disgusting and inhumane to me.

    Women and children (along with elders) are supposed to be given the highest respect according to Hinduism, which is why I'm shocked to find that this is not always the case, especially in India. Given enough resources and time, I would like to build a safe haven for such people and provide proper education for the children (especially the girls - there is still an unfair advantage given to the boys in that country).

    Superstition is superstition, and facts are facts. I can distinguish between these two at least.

    There is poverty everywhere in the world, not just in India. This is due to the unfair distribution of wealth and resources (including things like food and shelter). I'm not saying we should adopt a Communist view of things (even that has its flaws), but come on - can't we all be just a little more humane in providing necessary resources to those who are less fortunate than we are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saudade View Post
    What made you switch from Atheism? If you don't mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    and the endemic poverty of Hinduism?
    This is a nonsensical question. Do you mean endemic poverty of the masses given its roots in Hinduism? I.e., how religion dictates social classes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AphroditeGoneAwry View Post
    A boy planted a seed, and God grew it.
    LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qrious View Post
    This is a nonsensical question. Do you mean endemic poverty of the masses given its roots in Hinduism? I.e., how religion dictates social classes?
    I think the caste system of Hinduism has something to do with Indian poverty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    I think the caste system of Hinduism has something to do with Indian poverty.
    The world is full of poverty, and I doubt the majority of the world's poor are Hindus. I see some correlation between focusing on the afterlife, as many religions promote, and undue contentedness with unfair and miserable situations in this life. No religion has a monopoly on this, however.
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    Heaps of times....tried on everything except Jedi and Islam. The trouble with religion for me is that I just cant bow to authority so I end up breaking up with every deity I meet. I think I would classify myself as agnostic now.

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