My Complicated Relationship with Religion


Certainly, I have a complicated relationship with religion. Currently, I am a non-religious atheist, or as I’m better described, a devout skeptic. (See the menu on the left for an article I wrote on that term.) I have been this way for years. Now, when I say I have a complicated relationship with atheism, that doesn’t mean I’m going to run to church today and go get “saved.” It’s much more “complicated” than that.

Basically, I find world religions to be truly fascinating! I’ve even invested a good amount of time and money studying them. I enjoy understanding them both from an academic prospective and from the subjective experience of their followers. This, of course, means I occasionally, once or twice a year, go to different religious services to experience what it is like to be a member of a particular religion, but I never officially join.

Although I hate what religions can do in some instances to a society, I don’t hate religions or religious people. In fact in some ways, I enjoy them, but what on earth do I mean by this? Religions are the closest things we have to actually living out a fantasy book or movie.

There is an idea in religions that there is something beyond this realm, and people can somehow harness it’s power. This is practically the plot to every fantasy book, and while I don’t believe that this religious notion is true, it is fascinating and fun to play with and study once in a while.

So, I warned my readers. My “relationship” with religion is a complicated one, but at the end of the day, I am not a theist. I don’t know if anyone can relate, and I suppose that’s okay.

As always, feel free to comment, even if you don’t like what I wrote!

 

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4 Comments

  1. I disagree with your point about religion being the closest thing we have to living out a fantasy book. I find non-fiction to be just that. The possibility of time travel? Multiverses? Advanced alien races? The findings from the Double Split Experiment? Are we living in a simulation? Science is way more interesting in my opinion!

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    • I respect your opinion, and I agree with you to a point. Science IS fascinating, and I study it as well. It’s also quite fun. Yay labs!

      Still, I find myself interested in religions, separately, as an outsider. I think the difference lies in the religious notion that there something powerful outside the realm of “reality” that one can some how harness. Then again, to take your viewpoint, look at everything we can while harnessing the power of science.

      So, to a large extent I don’t disagree with you. I guess I’m just, in some respects, a connoisseur? Perhaps, I have explained myself poorly.

      In any case, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment!

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  2. I get it. Human brains are fascinating, and the kinds of things they invent are a reflection of the way people’s minds are working. It’s more like looking at the phenomenon of religion as an anthropologist rather than as a follower.

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