Runboard.com
You're welcome.
The Pagan Porch - a forum for Pagan Homesteaders and their friends

This board is now closed and read only. No new membership can be gained. Thank you for your interest.

runboard.com       Sign up (learn about it) | Sign in (lost password?)


Page:  1  2  3  4 

 
TexasMadness Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Administrator
Global user

Registered: 03-2007
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 3972
Reply | Quote
Assumptions about religious stance


I have lately made an interesting realization about myself. I almost always assume that some one I like is of a similar religious persuasion as I am until proved otherwise. It's not a conscious thing, just something that happens.

For instance, I've been reading a lot of Barbara Kingsolver lately. Something about her non-fiction made me think she must be a nature loving atheist. Then I started the Poisonwood Bible and it suddenly dawned on me that she might be a Christian! I'm still not sure as I haven't really bothered to delve in to it, but I started thinking...

I can recall several instances of almost feeling disappointed when I realize a person is of a radically different faith than mine (er, my lack of that I guess!). Of course, as long as they aren't proselytizing, I usually quickly get over it and move on. But it's almost always a shock I guess.

Does anybody else do that? I guess it makes sense. We assume others are like us until proven otherwise. It's interesting!
5/31/2011, 10:13 pm Link to this post Send Email to TexasMadness   Send PM to TexasMadness
 
Saijen SilverWolf1 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Head Administrator
Global user

Registered: 03-2010
Posts: 3632
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


Texas, where I grew up, and where I currently live, I always assume people I [sign in to see URL] if I really like them or not, are Christian. I guess it's from growing up in the Bible Belt.

I've met some people I thought were Christian, and found out they are anything [sign in to see URL] I thought were athiests or worse because of how they acted and [sign in to see URL] to find out they claim to be [sign in to see URL]'ve kind of learned to expect the [sign in to see URL]. Around here, one never knows.

---
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
~~@Saijen@~~
6/1/2011, 4:45 am Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf1   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf1 Yahoo
 
Queenyforever Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user
Global user

Registered: 01-2007
Location: Walking a new path in Nature.
Posts: 3596
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


I'm more amazed when I find someone of the Pagan religion. But, when I like someone, I like no matter what religion they turn out to [sign in to see URL] usually end up liking someone by their actions or lack there-of, instead of their religion.

---

✴ Birthplace: Earth ✴ Race: Human ✴ Politics: Freedom ✴ Religion: Love♥

6/2/2011, 6:56 pm Link to this post Send Email to Queenyforever   Send PM to Queenyforever Blog
 
Saijen SilverWolf1 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Head Administrator
Global user

Registered: 03-2010
Posts: 3632
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


I'm the same way, Queeny. I think, though, that what TM is saying is that when she likes someone, it's generally because of their [sign in to see URL] are close to her own actions, which causes her to assume they are more like her, even in the religious area. If it turns out that they're not of Pagan influence, it surprises her. At least that's what I got from it.

---
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
~~@Saijen@~~
6/2/2011, 11:56 pm Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf1   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf1 Yahoo
 
Firlefanz Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Administrator
Global user (premium)

Registered: 05-2003
Location: Germany
Posts: 5712
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


We probably make a lot of assumptions about people when we don't know them very closely but like them anyway.

The funny thing is, I have many friends and never asked about religion. It's not a defining thing about people here.

I remember feeling a bit surprised like TM when I realized that maybe a friend of mine was actually catholic - when she does a lot of pagan-like things. But I never asked her, either. emoticon

---
- Firlefanz

Mystical Adventures
Hannah Steenbock
Hannah Steenbock's Forum
6/4/2011, 2:48 pm Link to this post Send Email to Firlefanz   Send PM to Firlefanz Blog
 
Saijen SilverWolf1 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Head Administrator
Global user

Registered: 03-2010
Posts: 3632
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


I think in the world of religion, Catholics are probably the closest to Pagan than any others.



---
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
~~@Saijen@~~
6/4/2011, 10:31 pm Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf1   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf1 Yahoo
 
Firlefanz Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Administrator
Global user (premium)

Registered: 05-2003
Location: Germany
Posts: 5712
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


Ummmm. Not here. emoticon

Here, the catholics are the conservative ones, insisting on ritual (maybe there's a connection), and being rather old-fashioned and dogmatic about lots of things. At least the official church people are.

In Germany, it's the protestants who are more open to nature, more open to connecting with people and less stifling in ritual. They use more music, more open prayer and less bible study. (We don't have many baptist or pentecostal churches here.)

Funny, isn't it, how things can be different just in different countries?

---
- Firlefanz

Mystical Adventures
Hannah Steenbock
Hannah Steenbock's Forum
6/5/2011, 10:49 am Link to this post Send Email to Firlefanz   Send PM to Firlefanz Blog
 
Saijen SilverWolf1 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Head Administrator
Global user

Registered: 03-2010
Posts: 3632
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


It is odd, cause here, the Baptists and other such denominations are the stricter [sign in to see URL] Catholics are more into ritual, using incense, candles, etc. You won't find the other denominations doing those things, or even really being very nature concious, unless it's just something personal, rather than religious.


*shrugs* It takes all kinds to make the world go round, I guess LOL

---
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
~~@Saijen@~~
6/6/2011, 1:49 am Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf1   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf1 Yahoo
 
TexasMadness Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Administrator
Global user

Registered: 03-2007
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 3972
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance



Saijen SilverWolf1 wrote:

I'm the same way, Queeny. I think, though, that what TM is saying is that when she likes someone, it's generally because of their [sign in to see URL] are close to her own actions, which causes her to assume they are more like her, even in the religious area. If it turns out that they're not of Pagan influence, it surprises her. At least that's what I got from it.



That's pretty much it! I see a person doing certain things or acting in a certain way and I grow to respect them. I find myself assuming that they re then of a similar mindset religion-wise then am [sign in to see URL] am frequently proven wrong.

I think in the end it's a good reminder to be aware that a person can behave in the same way and be of any number of faiths. You can be a good person with a wide range of beliefs. it's just that sometimes I assume one thing or another!
6/6/2011, 2:44 am Link to this post Send Email to TexasMadness   Send PM to TexasMadness
 
Firlefanz Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Administrator
Global user (premium)

Registered: 05-2003
Location: Germany
Posts: 5712
Reply | Quote
Re: Assumptions about religious stance


TM, that's a great point. emoticon

It just means that we should be open to kindness and whatever else we like about a person, regardless of who they are.

I love that. emoticon emoticon emoticon

---
- Firlefanz

Mystical Adventures
Hannah Steenbock
Hannah Steenbock's Forum
6/6/2011, 6:01 am Link to this post Send Email to Firlefanz   Send PM to Firlefanz Blog
 


Add a reply

Page:  1  2  3  4 





You are not logged in (login)