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    If you had to choose a (or a different) religion to believe in, what would it be?

    Pretend that you can force yourself to believe in/follow a religion. or a different religion if you already have one.

    (Personally, I have no idea-- I'm still thinking about it. I just want to hear what you (all) think you would pick.)
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    I was impressed by Buddhism when I read about it, but then one form of Buddhist practice is not really a religion.
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    Some animist pagan heathenry or other.

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    If I could just be some kind of fundamentalist christian I wouldn't have to worry about finding friends or having social skills anymore.

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    Taoism, maybe.

    I dunno. Sometimes I think about how goddamn big the universe is and how I can actually feel the limits of my comprehension being stretched. It half terrifies me but it's awe inspiring in a way that goes beyond everyday interest. Sometimes it feels mystical and I'd like to retain that no matter what, but a lot of ancient religions don't accommodate for that. Most of that inherent awe in humans gets anthropomorphized or redirected towards a set of creeds.
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    I'd love to believe in and practice vodoun or maybe Santeria. One of those awesome spiritist religions. I was around their adherents a lot when I was a kid and it always impressed me as looking like a lot of fun. Being a bokor would be such a cool job, too.
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    I'd like to know more about Greek/Roman mystery religions, but from what I can find about them, not much is known, because they were, well, mysteries. I find Hephaestus, Athena, Hermes, and Dionysus interesting figures. Other cultures probably have equivalents... a smith god seems common enough in Iron Age cultures, but it seems to me that the greco-roman is probably the most documented.

    I know there was nothing egalitarian about that society, but I always had an interest in the mythology, and I grew up in a city with a lot of impressive neoclassical architecture, so that probably has something to do with it.
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    i wouldn't. the shame, guilt, fear and traditions would just be a weight. for now it's quite easy to be around religious people cuz i don't have to worry about aligning "faith" with anyone and can get away with observing the customs with detachment.

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    If I had to choose one might as well go all out for something like what is described in PKD's Valis(Vast Active Living Intelligence System) trilogy.

    LSD informed Scientology collides with technology drenched Gnosticism.

    Hard to follow but, if you like your brains scrambled like your eggs, very trippy indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathogenetic_peripatetic View Post
    If I could just be some kind of fundamentalist christian I wouldn't have to worry about finding friends or having social skills anymore.
    Same here. I'd probably go with Mormon, because they're all in shape and rich. I'll just have to wait until I'm too old to conceive to convert.

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