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So to bring myself up to date i took a quiz on Beliefnet that i have taken four or five times over the last 25 years, the last time about five years ago is in  this journal somewhere,  Twenty brief. and sometimes silly and sometimes impossible questions are asled about the nature of the Divine, humans, suffering, sin, proper religious behavior, the afterlife, etc.  Then i was given a score describing my agreement with twenty-six religious categories (which seemed to have been chosen at random, except that all the largest groups are there: Christian. Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh -- but, for example: all Muslims (and also all Hindus) are included under one single category, while Buddhists and Jews get two each. and Christians get TEN.  Anyway, here were my results.  The percentage is the percentage of my answers that agreed with the belief system:

Taoism                                                        100%

Unitarian/Universalism                                   92
Mahayana Buddhism                                     91

Liberal Quaker                                               83
New Age                                                        78
Theravada Buddhism                                    74
Jainism                                                          73
Neo-Pagan                                                    70

Hinduism                                                       66
Scientology                                                    65

Secular Humanism                                       59
Orthodox Quaker                                          58
New Thought                                                53
Christian Science                                          51

Liberal Protestant Christian                         46

Reformed Judaism                                      40
Bahai'i                                                         38

Seventh Day Adventist                                32
Non-Theism (Atheist? Agnostic?)               30
Mormons                                                    29

Jehovah's Witness                                     22
Conservative Protestant Christians            19
Islam                                                          18
Orthodox Judaism                                      14
Roman Catholic Christianity                       13
Eastern Orthodox Christianity                    10

Over the years, the same four groups have always stayed at the top, though in different orders and with different numbers.  And the same nine groups have always been near the bottom.  I will say, that though those numbers appear low, they are much higher than they were 25 years ago.  I was raised conservative protestant,  I live among Mormons and find them lovely people.  (Dianne's family is Mormon).  Sufi (Muslim) poetry is the most lovely and truthful entry into spiritual experience that i have encountered.   I have attended Roman Catholic Masses hundreds of times over the last 40+ years and often find the experience spiritually fulfilling.  And my "guru," the most spiritually advanced human i have ever met was a convert to one of the Eastern Orthodox Churches.  All i can say is, i guess you don't have to accept someone's belief system in order to learn from them, to appreciate them, or to love them.

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amaebi
Mar. 18th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC)
About your last sentence, Yes! and I thank God for it!

Though thinking about it, in our world there's certain amount of insisting on making or remaking all humanity, swell as God, in one's own image....
bobby1933
Mar. 18th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Poems are made bu fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
And only fools like me, you see,
Can make a god who makes a tree.
(Apologies to Joyce Kilmer)

bardcat
Mar. 18th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
Very revealing. I identify with so much of the way you see it all.
bobby1933
Mar. 19th, 2015 04:39 am (UTC)
Yes, i knows.
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