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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

    12 17.65%
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    Default Why people pray and go to church.synagogue,mosque....?

    I am asking myself this question for a long time and however I try to look at this, the entire thing doesn't have too much sense. (to me)

    So, why people do this?

    Whet religion means to individuals on this forum ?

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    Because it's about expressing religion, it's about networking, it's about community.

    You could just as easily ask why people visit MBTI forums when they could just sit down and read a book about it.
    Why do we always come here?

    I guess we'll never know.

    It's like a kind of torture,
    To have to watch this show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mort Belfry View Post
    Because it's about expressing religion, it's about networking, it's about community.

    You could just as easily ask why people visit MBTI forums when they could just sit down and read a book about it.
    True.

    But I am aiming deeper.

    For example:
    Why people need to express it?
    Why do they even need something like this?

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    I go to church because, even though I am a vary doubtful person, being a part of community and participating in my rituals (that is, the rituals of my context, which is Christianity) makes me feel connected to the larger world. Going to church, for me, is a way to be intentionally collectivist (which I think makes me more attuned to others' needs).
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    I don't know how to decide between "Never" and "I will never go" on the poll. What is the criterion between the two?

    I was thinking about opting for the "I will never go" option because it has the word "never" in it, but then the word "never" by itself has a certain unambiguous charm to it.
    Why do we always come here?

    I guess we'll never know.

    It's like a kind of torture,
    To have to watch this show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    I am asking myself this question for a long time and however I try to look at this, the entire thing doesn't have too much sense. (to me)

    So, why people do this?
    Actually, I think you answered your own question in the fact that you'll never get an answer that makes sense to you.

    It seems to me that each person's reason for attending or not attending would make sense for themselves, and not necessairly make sense to anyone else (nor should it have to).
    ...doesn't work or play well with others...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    True.

    But I am aiming deeper.

    For example:
    Why people need to express it?
    Why do they even need something like this?
    Fundamental principle of psychology: All human activity is aimed at the end of generating positive sentiment.

    In short, people simply wish to feel well.

    Interacting with other people gives them direct affirmation. For example, they are rewarded by their community for behaving in a certain way. They strive to behave in a way that leads to their reward.

    Secondly, one's intellect makes it obvious that some questions of life are difficult to answer. Man knows that some things in the world are undesirable. In order to feel well, he looks for reasons to believe that he will be alright. The religious community claims to know everything that man needs to know about the world and how he must behave in it. The community promises to bestow such knowledge upon the individual if and only if he behaves in a way community would like for him to behave.

    Therefore, to answer all of your questions, people engage in the acts you have mentioned for two reasons. Because they see immediate gratification follow as an entailment of such acts (or the community rewards them for such behavior), secondly, it leads them to believe that doing as they do allows them to know exactly how they should live their lives.

    This is the underlying rationale of a conventional person with regard to why he participates in religious activities. However, most people are not aware that this is what is driving them, as they simply do not reflect. However, if we were to explore their mindset thoroughly or challenge them to discover their true motivations, this is what we will have discovered.

    Most people, however are not truly religious. They are simply doing as they are supposed to be doing because they do not know any better. People who do not think for themselves allow for their community to instruct them exactly how they should live their lives. Religious community provides exactly this service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mort Belfry View Post
    I don't know how to decide between "Never" and "I will never go" on the poll. What is the criterion between the two?

    I was thinking about opting for the "I will never go" option because it has the word "never" in it, but then the word "never" by itself has a certain unambiguous charm to it.
    In that case take it as: I will never go willingly.


    This option is for people who are not passive about their atheism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Condor View Post
    Actually, I think you answered your own question in the fact that you'll never get an answer that makes sense to you.

    It seems to me that each person's reason for attending or not attending would make sense for themselves, and not necessairly make sense to anyone else (nor should it have to).
    True.

    But I am interested in position of others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    But I am interested in position of others.
    Ten dollars to the first person who says "missionary".
    Why do we always come here?

    I guess we'll never know.

    It's like a kind of torture,
    To have to watch this show.

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