Religion

Christian-Catholic
12% (13 votes)
Christian-Protestant and Non-Denominational
10% (11 votes)
Judaism
3% (3 votes)
Islam
0% (0 votes)
Zoroastrianism
1% (1 vote)
Hindu
0% (0 votes)
Buddhism
3% (3 votes)
Confucianism
0% (0 votes)
Zen Buddhism
0% (0 votes)
Taoism
0% (0 votes)
Sikhism
0% (0 votes)
Hellinist
0% (0 votes)
Universal Unitarian
5% (5 votes)
Native Spiritual
0% (0 votes)
Baha'I
1% (1 vote)
Agnostic
12% (13 votes)
Aetheist
16% (17 votes)
Jainism
0% (0 votes)
Shintoism
1% (1 vote)
Satanist
1% (1 vote)
Scientology
1% (1 vote)
Humanist
1% (1 vote)
Deist
1% (1 vote)
Wiccan/Pagan/Druid
9% (9 votes)
Eckankar
0% (0 votes)
Indigineous
0% (0 votes)
Cao Dai
0% (0 votes)
Tenrikyo
0% (0 votes)
Rastafarianism
0% (0 votes)
Secular
1% (1 vote)
Juche
0% (0 votes)
Other
11% (12 votes)
None
10% (11 votes)
Total votes: 105

Comments

shinedownkicksyouras's picture

i said other

I say other because christian and cathlci is put together thet are to some degree similar but they are not the same. My friends and i have very different religious ideas she being catholic and i being christian

Don't feel the need to define me...I can define myslef

NovaCat's picture

Catholicism is a denomination

Catholicism is a denomination of Christianity, specifically, the Roman Catholic Church. It was the first truly organized denomination of Christianity, which came about really when the Roman Emperor Constantine repealed the laws that made being a Christian illegal and stopped requiring people to carry libelli, which were like certificates that were proof of religious fealty to the emperor (usually by sacrificing to the emperor, which was against Christian belief in having only one God and no false idols).

Christianity is really defined by two things: 1)Belief in the one God who is the creator of everything and the supreme ruler and judge of his creation, and the 2)belief that Jesus is the Christ, son of God, and died for the sins of mankind on the cross so that we may be saved.

Catholics believe this. They are, therefore, Christians. All demoninations of Protestantism (Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, etc.) believe this, and are also, therefore, Christians. Where Catholics and Protestants differ (and Protestants differ among their own demoninations) is mostly in the setup of the church, the authority of church members, the importance of good works and a righteous life versus faith in Christ, and theological questions regarding the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), Mary, saints, and so on.

However, the fundamental points of Christianity, being belief in the one God and belief that Jesus, as the divine Christ, died for our sins , are present in all forms of Christianity BY DEFINITION. If a religion does not have those beliefs, it is, BY DEFINITION, not a denomination of Christianity.

All that aside, I'm a Unitarian Universalist. I'm glad to see it was a separate choice on this list. Lots of people think that Unitarian Universalism is a branch of Christianity, but that is untrue. Unitarianism, before it was combined with Universalism, was, way back like 150 years ago or more, a small denomination of Christianity that asserted the unity (meaning, non-Trinity) of God. However, UUism ceased to be Christian a long time ago, as its creed is quite open to personal interpretation and does not include a prescribed belief in God or a prescribed belief in Jesus as son of God.

Great poll! The only thing that doesn't really fit (even Atheist *could* be considered a religion if you were general enough in your definition) is Humanism. Humanism is a philosophy that deals with what is good and how one should act. It's not a religion. You can be pretty much any religion and ALSO be a humanist, which is impossible to say of pretty much any of the other religions on the list (Deism is debatably one of them).

Gerardo's picture

Novacat I love you ~~~~~~~

Novacat I love you

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NovaCat's picture

Aw! Thank you! The poll is

Aw! Thank you! The poll is a really good one; very interesting topic, lots of options, lots of discussion in the "comments" section . . . yeah, awesome job!

Gerardo's picture

Sorry this is so long and has

Sorry this is so long and has been repeated
and sorry if I missed your religion

somewhere in the post the religions start changing part of speech like zoroastrianism to Deist >>

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Gerardo's picture

Catholic is christian not all

Catholic is christian not all christians are catholic

therefore you are non-denominational or protestant

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twitch's picture

umm... fyi - thats in no way

umm... fyi - thats in no way true. theres a lot more than that.

but still, kick-ass poll, you did a great job

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Gerardo's picture

yes it is all catholics are

yes it is
all catholics are chrisitan

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CaliMan's picture

Well

I put Christian since I was babtised in the Reformed Church but personally I am more secular in the belief that there is a God but I don't believe in organized religion and the stuff that comes with it.

adbak's picture

You missed "heathen"

Atheist -- though I wouldn't call atheism a religion, it's more of a system of beliefs.

You also forgot Pastafarianism. ;)

adrian's picture

...

calling atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair colour

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Adrian
Putting the HEAD back into Hedonism

It's cute how you believe in things. - Slither

Alucard_Lover's picture

Haha,so awkward and so true.

Haha,so awkward and so true.

NovaCat's picture

HAHAHAHAHA!!! Just wait unti

HAHAHAHAHA!!! Just wait until you've got no hair, and instead of saying to people that you're bald, you use the term "au naturale". Hehehehe . . .

Gerardo's picture

Actually you are wrong Aethe

Actually you are wrong
Aetheism does count as a religion

I think they even established their own church or association for taxe based reasons

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TeeAhr1's picture

Wowsers

Well, sure, it's been done before, but never with such...vigor! Such thoroughness! Such vim!

Well done!
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Chizuna san's picture

I LOVE the amount of religion

I LOVE the amount of religions/beleif systems included here. great job, Yorimoka :D

raining men's picture

Woah

Now that is a good poll

"Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suf-fer-ing"

deepspace87's picture

very nice, many options. P.S

very nice, many options.
P.S. how long did that take you???

"Never apologize for saying what you feel. It's like apologizing for being real."

sweet_grrrl's picture

Hmmm

I'm raised Jewish and proud of my Jewsih, but seriously considered Wicca before looking into Unitarian Universalism. I guess I'm agnostic at the current time.

"People, not parts."

deepspace87's picture

i must say, i think that this

i must say, i think that this is the longest a poll has ever lasted that i have seen in about my one month here at oasis. i think people just dont want to make a new one becasue you took so much time writing it, and no one wants to ruin it. lol. i know i dont want to make a new poll so i dont ruin this one, lmao.

"Never apologize for saying what you feel. It's like apologizing for being real."

adbak's picture

I noticed that too. I think

I noticed that too. I think people are interested in the subject of the pole in addition to respecting how long it must have taken.

RainbowCommie's picture

Very good. Very through.

Just two things- wouldn't Agnostic, Atheist, Humanist, Deist, and Secular all fall under the heading of 'None'? And isn't Juche the economic/foreign policy of North Korea developed by Kim Il Sung, not a religion?

Change is the only constant.
Even if you win the race, you're still a rat.
Workers of the world unite: you have nothing but your chains to lose, and you have a world to win.

twitch's picture

Atheism isn't the lack of a r

Atheism isn't the lack of a religion - its the belief that there is no God. Deist is also not the lack of religion/faith, its simply a more ambiguous faith in a creator God. Agnostic, along the same line is not a declaration of no faith, but rather an unsureness about whether or not a God exists.

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RainbowCommie's picture

Not quite.

An atheist is defined by the National Council of Secular Humanism as one who 'does not believe in a god and is strongly skeptical as to the possibility' and an agnostic as one who 'does not believe in a god and is unsure as to the possibility'. An atheist or an agnostic, by definition, is someone who has rejected religious faith and organized religion entirely. The basis of Deism isn't faith and certainly isn't religion, it's the reasoned conclusion that the world must necessarily have had a supernatural creator.
Also, you're not addressing my point. Atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, and deists are all various (sometimes overlapping) categories of nonreligious people- people who have rejected the fundamental propositions of organized religion.

Change is the only constant.
Even if you win the race, you're still a rat.
Workers of the world unite: you have nothing but your chains to lose, and you have a world to win.

Gerardo's picture

Look, the last few times some

Look, the last few times someone has posted this everyone jumped on them for being to exclusive and not having enough religions. Im trying to put as many as possible.

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Gerardo's picture

Juche is considered a reason

Juche is considered a religion buddy :)

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deepspace87's picture

i think this poll has hit the

i think this poll has hit the limit of votes, but i dont want to make a new poll, because im afraid people are going to hate me for ruining this one, lmao.

"Never apologize for saying what you feel. It's like apologizing for being real."

wishin2binboston's picture

I am God... eh,

I am God...

eh, what're ya gonna do...

rowie's picture

this is a great poll, but if

this is a great poll, but if you wanna vote do it soon because if no one else changes it soon i will...

**you must be the change you wish to see in the world**

Dim's picture

O.o

Mesa be big atheist---->100% headen.......

Dim

tasteyourtears34's picture

i voted other because im athe

i voted other because im atheist and buddhist and brought up jewish
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Gerardo's picture

I know you all love me h

I know you all love me

haha my friend was looking through her diary and she found a poem that she wrote when she was 6 it goes

Love yourself,
Love yourself because of who you are....

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zoe rose's picture

did you know the little signa

did you know the little signature below your name- the line?
it looks like it leans upward.
its more than a little infuriating.

Loves!
Zoe

Gerardo's picture

this only took like ten minut

this only took like ten minutes btw

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Gerardo's picture

Im surprised no one is Baha'I

Im surprised no one is Baha'I here

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zoe rose's picture

quaker!or i would be if i w

quaker!
or i would be if i were to get involved in a religion.
wait...is it a religion, even?

Loves!
Zoe

PokemonGeek's picture

Baha'i in a way. I don't belo

Baha'i in a way. I don't belong to any religous groups or dominations but I feel this religion describes my beliefs the best. I think that all of the religions have their own unique and special qualities that everyone should have. For instance, I believe that there is life after death, we should all be treated and treat others equally, that even though God has created everyone, we are still in touch with nature, and that it doesn't matter who you are or what religion you belong to, you are still a person.

Poor is the man
Whose pleasures depend
On the permission of another
Love me, that's right, love me
I wanna be your baby
Wanting, needing, waiting
For you to justify my love
Hoping, praying
For you to justify my love
I'm open and ready
~Madonna