Religious leanings

Oct 7, 2012
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Borrowing from David's blending thread but also to speak of my own leanings, anyone ever have particular leanings towards some aspect of other religions yet not entirely on board with all of it?

I personally think I lean in some ways toward Catholicism. My dad was raised Catholic but moved toward the Protestant faith after marriage.

But, I've always liked their focus on the sacred, the visual, strong family values, and ritual/ structure. So I do "blend" some of that into my own. I have red glass votive candles I'll light for emergent prayers and holy water and oil I'll use for prayer as well. I have also read a good bit on the Saints and Jesuits, etc.


Anyone else experience a draw towards another religion.
 
Jul 26, 2009
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Many moons ago I was a Christian (Methodist) that thought the Jews (aside from rejecting Jesus) had the right of it. Had I been more religiously aware at the time I'd probably have converted to Messianic Judaism. As it happened I went atheist when I started to gain awareness which lasted a few years until I had a Saul to Paul on the road to Damascus moment. Had a weird mix of Jewish and Islamic leanings after that. As it happened Yahawah was the 1st but not only god to reveal himself to me (thus my current polytheism) and I eventually settled on Hellenism after an encounter with Appolon (that's the correct spelling, somehow people got into the habit of dropping the n). I'm in total agreement with Abrahamics that their god exists, I just think he's a dick (but quite a reasonable guy to talk to apparently). At this point I'm on the straight and narrow of theology but my past and the nature of polytheism leaves me open to other schools of thought, I just haven't been convinced.
 
Oct 25, 2012
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Many moons ago I was a Christian (Methodist) that thought the Jews (aside from rejecting Jesus) had the right of it. Had I been more religiously aware at the time I'd probably have converted to Messianic Judaism. As it happened I went atheist when I started to gain awareness which lasted a few years until I had a Saul to Paul on the road to Damascus moment. Had a weird mix of Jewish and Islamic leanings after that. As it happened Yahawah was the 1st but not only god to reveal himself to me (thus my current polytheism) and I eventually settled on Hellenism after an encounter with Appolon (that's the correct spelling, somehow people got into the habit of dropping the n). I'm in total agreement with Abrahamics that their god exists, I just think he's a dick (but quite a reasonable guy to talk to apparently). At this point I'm on the straight and narrow of theology but my past and the nature of polytheism leaves me open to other schools of thought, I just haven't been convinced.
Very interesting quest. For myself I was Catholic by birth and went to Holy Family school and church for many years until I was old and bright enough to think for myself and question. My questioning was unwelcome and led to my ejection from school which led to even more questions.
Over the following decades I explored religion in general and read several Bible versions, the Qu'ran, Torah, watchtower, and some of the Mormon stuff until I realized they all pretty much say the same thing in different ways and all those God thingy are man made BS.

Thus am I an Agnostic/Atheist in that I understand none of our Gods are real but, I accept something might be there.
 
Oct 25, 2012
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Had the right of or to what??? :unsure:


NEVER heard of Appolon, and a Google search for it turned up ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. But you apparently SWEAR it is the correct spelling. :rolleyes:

There is a Dr. Karthilde Appolon - DDS (New York, NY) however!
Apollo (Attic, Ionic, and Homeric Greek: Ἀπόλλων, Apollōn (GEN Ἀπόλλωνος); Doric: Ἀπέλλων, Apellōn; Arcadocypriot: Ἀπείλων, Apeilōn; Aeolic: Ἄπλουν, Aploun; Latin: Apollō) is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu.[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo
 
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What part of "Appolon (that's the correct spelling, somehow people got into the habit of dropping the n)." do you not understand? :unsure::unsure::unsure:
Maybe auf, my boy, offer your religious leanings (and the reasons) which is the purpose of this thread.

Instead of playing the spelling Nazi.
 
Nov 24, 2016
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Gnothi Seauton !

Apollo (Attic, Ionic, and Homeric Greek: Ἀπόλλων, Apollōn (GEN Ἀπόλλωνος); Doric: Ἀπέλλων, Apellōn; Arcadocypriot: Ἀπείλων, Apeilōn; Aeolic: Ἄπλουν, Aploun; Latin: Apollō) is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu.[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo
Read the book Mask of Apollo, by Mary Renault, if you want to get some idea of the deeper meaning of what Apollo meant to the ancient Greeks.
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I have nothing against people enjoying religion as metaphors, just so long as they do not have the bad taste to try to force other people to take ridiculous superstitions as literal truth.
Even such a committed atheist as myself has all sorts of religious knowledge and images swirling in my sub-conscious---Judaic, Christian, Greco-Roman, as well as Buddhist and Hindu and Daoist---I would consider myself barbarously uneducated if I lacked such cultural background. That is why I support teaching religion in schools --- in courses of cultural anthropology.

what I absolutely loathe is the hijacking of religion by the Brainwashing Machine and turning it into an instrument of hate, rather than of virtue.

I just heard a fragment of a programme (well, it is Canadian) on the CBC about how the despicable info-tainment industry thrusts its filth into the brains of young people---emphasizing nasty, mean behavior, and "attitude" [vile neologism!] as admirable, and empathy and consideration as something for losers.

To counteract this, some intelligent, caring young people have set up informal "clubs" specifically to practise kindness, and helping other people !

If Christians spent more time being kind, and less time hating and interfering with other people, perhaps their religion would not be dying.
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Jul 26, 2009
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Even such a committed atheist as myself has all sorts of religious knowledge and images swirling in my sub-conscious---Judaic, Christian, Greco-Roman, as well as Buddhist and Hindu and Daoist---I would consider myself barbarously uneducated if I lacked such cultural background. That is why I support teaching religion in schools --- in courses of cultural anthropology.
Indeed. My responce to all the 'Keep God in school!' types is 'Sure, as long as it's an elective.' I have absolutely no problem with religion in a secular school as long as it's not the foundation of the curriculum. The problem is when it's shoved down everyone's throats. Creationism has no more place in a biology class than evolution does in a Bible Study focusing on Genesis. Anyone who's worried about religious freedom and not trying to be sneaky theocrats would agree.
 
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