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  • Few times a week

    4 5.88%
  • Once a week

    11 16.18%
  • Few times a month

    2 2.94%
  • Once a month

    1 1.47%
  • Few times a year

    8 11.76%
  • Major holidays only

    4 5.88%
  • Never

    26 38.24%
  • I will never go

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlyaK1986 View Post
    I've heard some stories about why else people believe other than it ran in the family...getting cured from a disease, other sort of random coincidences...and I think it's far more likely that it was anything BUT divine intervention, as opposed TO it, don't you?

    If you approach religion with a cool head, you'll realize that indeed...

    Religion Is Bullshit.

    But if my direct and heavy-handed way doesn't do the trick, then maybe a lot of laughter will make it go down:

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlyaK1986 View Post
    I've heard some stories about why else people believe other than it ran in the family...getting cured from a disease, other sort of random coincidences...and I think it's far more likely that it was anything BUT divine intervention, as opposed TO it, don't you?

    If you approach religion with a cool head, you'll realize that indeed...

    Religion Is Bullshit.

    But if my direct and heavy-handed way doesn't do the trick, then maybe a lot of laughter will make it go down:

    YouTube - George Carlin - Religion is Bullshit - HQ
    Soo.. How about enough with the religion bashing in a thread based mainly on religion, eh? There are plenty of other awesome atheist threads already in place for such things.
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    IlyaK1986 probably shouldn't be taken too seriously in this thread. I'm surprised he got a couple replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    You know, it's a long-standing principle of rhetoric that you don't go persuading an audience by insulting and alienating them first :rolli:.
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    Soo.. How about enough with the religion bashing in a thread based mainly on religion, eh? There are plenty of other awesome atheist threads already in place for such things.
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    *waves to kyuuei* another Christmas/Easter Christian!

    I go when forced to go by my mother- meaning when I'm home for the holidays. I resent this, as I loathe "praise music" and being hugged by strangers

    I willingly went to church while in Brazil- not necissarily for religious reasons (I'm not an atheist, but I definitley fall into the deist category instead of Christian). I liked the peacefullness inside of the churches there- and there's also something absolutley lovely about going to Latin Mass when the priest sings the service- like a very peaceful theater presentation of sorts. It was also a nice chance to collect my thoughts and observe how people behave. Church functions were also nice to attend there because it was a chance to interact with a variety of people who I probably wouldn't have otherwise and the food was awesome.

    Everyone has thier own reasons for going- if I found somewhere that would lay off all of the contemporary crap that I hate here (power point presentations, bringing politics into religion, forgetting the idea that helping the poor is one of the most noble things you can do, PRAISE MUSIC... you know, all that evangelical bullshit that was added to make religion more appealing to the masses) I'd probably go every once in a while still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    *waves to kyuuei* another Christmas/Easter Christian!

    I go when forced to go by my mother- meaning when I'm home for the holidays. I resent this, as I loathe "praise music" and being hugged by strangers

    I willingly went to church while in Brazil- not necissarily for religious reasons (I'm not an atheist, but I definitley fall into the deist category instead of Christian). I liked the peacefullness inside of the churches there- and there's also something absolutley lovely about going to Latin Mass when the priest sings the service- like a very peaceful theater presentation of sorts. It was also a nice chance to collect my thoughts and observe how people behave. Church functions were also nice to attend there because it was a chance to interact with a variety of people who I probably wouldn't have otherwise and the food was awesome.

    Everyone has thier own reasons for going- if I found somewhere that would lay off all of the contemporary crap that I hate here (power point presentations, bringing politics into religion, forgetting the idea that helping the poor is one of the most noble things you can do, PRAISE MUSIC... you know, all that evangelical bullshit that was added to make religion more appealing to the masses) I'd probably go every once in a while still.
    You're onto something there.. I went to a buddhist meeting thing every sunday in basic.. it was very soothing, and had a lovely feel to the chanting. Also, I went to a VERY strict Catholic mass one time. If it weren't for the fact I don't agree at all with what they're saying, I'd have loved the atmosphere and presentation of it all. Im a very enviornmental person.
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    I haven't been able to go much because of my job. So it basically is the four vacation weeks scattered throughout the year. I used to do vacation relief in the winter (where I fill in for others, including those with weekends off, week by week), and get more Sundays off, but I can't take the different schedules anymore.

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    *waves to kyuuei* another Christmas/Easter Christian!

    I go when forced to go by my mother- meaning when I'm home for the holidays. I resent this, as I loathe "praise music" and being hugged by strangers
    I always thought the practice in our church (one of several NYC "Tabernacles" which are large loosely affiliated Independent Assemblies of God) was shallow, where there are too many people for everyone to know each other, so they tell everyone to hug the person next to you. That to me is a substitute for true closeness. I prefer smaller churches, but my wife got into the ministry in this one.
    Everyone has thier own reasons for going- if I found somewhere that would lay off all of the contemporary crap that I hate here (power point presentations, bringing politics into religion, forgetting the idea that helping the poor is one of the most noble things you can do, PRAISE MUSIC... you know, all that evangelical bullshit that was added to make religion more appealing to the masses) I'd probably go every once in a while still.
    Go to an old line fundamental Baptist, or Reformed church. They not only avoid the contemporary style, they remain steady bashing it!
    some of what they say has a lot of truth, though sometimes, the contemporary criticism can get into a bit of bigotry. (as it assumes "traditional" Western forms are the only true way. Both traditional and contemporary are mostly extrabiblical. church was originally in the NT a fellowship of people in the home).
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    Quote Originally Posted by IlyaK1986 View Post
    I've heard some stories about why else people believe other than it ran in the family...getting cured from a disease, other sort of random coincidences...and I think it's far more likely that it was anything BUT divine intervention, as opposed TO it, don't you?

    If you approach religion with a cool head, you'll realize that indeed...

    Religion Is Bullshit.

    But if my direct and heavy-handed way doesn't do the trick, then maybe a lot of laughter will make it go down
    Probably not.

    I can laugh at religion, there's a lot to make fun of (and I recommend the magazine "The Wittenburg Door" for some of its satire, although some is lame); but honestly you sort of just disenfranchise yourself by consistently pushing such an extreme and un-nuanced stance.

    You seem to mostly be speaking just for yourself, not for the bulk of people out there... not even for the intellectual sorts.

    As far as church, I started going again in August because I wanted to, and I missed it. I have only attended about twice a month at the moment, because sometimes I just had other things I had to get done or needed rest. I'd like to attend more again, it's nice to be sharing religious experience with other people again and feeling in commune with people and God in that context. Plus, they engage and challenge me in good ways, and give me a way to contribute.
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    Interesting replys.

    But everybody focused on "go to" part.

    While there is actually very little information about why people pray.

    Anyone wants to try that one?

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    a few people addressed prayer

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