Welcome back to the Christian Teen Forums. We have been upgrading our forum software and it took a lot longer than originally anticipated. Thank you for your patience.

We are still working to bring some add-on features back, so it will be a continued work-in-progress. If you have any questions, feel free to post and ask away. 

Bryce B.

If you weren't Christian..

28 posts in this topic

Haven't thought about it.

honestly, probably some Wiccan herbalist who lived out in Oregon munching on organic foods and keeping many, many pets.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would probably be a worshiper Greek gods or something cause they're interesting to me but at the same time I can totally see myself doing the same thing as Boogles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well, i believe in ineffability.

And maybe, I believe in, Cthulu like kids believe in superheroes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Haven't thought about it.

honestly, probably some Wiccan herbalist who lived out in Oregon munching on organic foods and keeping many, many pets.

 

Seconded. 

 

I don't know about Wiccanism but something Pagan-y. Talk to the trees and the little people. Collect crystals and and animal sculls. Follow the seasons. Celebrate the solstice. Dance around in a forest glen with deer antlers strapped to my head..... I could dig it.  

Edited by Marley

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seconded. 

 

I don't know about Wiccanism but something Pagan-y. Talk to the trees and the little people. Collect crystals and and animal sculls. Follow the seasons. Celebrate the solstice. Dance around in a forest glen with deer antlers strapped to my head..... I could dig it.  

 Painting with all the colors of the wind sounds pleasant. :P

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably an atheist.

Cato, is there a message here, or are you just trying to add some much needed realism to this conversation?

 

Honestly y'all, I don't want to put down your musings about Wicca and Ancient Mythology and stuff, but I'd bet that the majority of us, if we didn't believe in the Christian God, we'd be atheists or agnostic atheists. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cato, is there a message here, or are you just trying to add some much needed realism to this conversation?

Since I'm an atheist, and not a Christian, the statement "If I were not a Christian, I would probably be an atheist" seems reasonably correct.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All about that Dao, boss.

 

Haven't thought about it.

honestly, probably some Wiccan herbalist who lived out in Oregon munching on organic foods and keeping many, many pets.

 

I like where our relationship is going  :razz:

 

 

Maybe im being dense but can someone explain to me why you would worship a certain ancient culture's gods? I mean I get they're interesting but then actually believing in them seems like a giant leap. Why not the Romans? Or the Egyptians, or Mesopotamians? And why worship a group of gods so petty and mostly darn right awful by modern standards? Feels awfully arbitary way of choosing a belief system.

Edited by slycooper

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All about that Dao, boss.

 

 

I like where our relationship is going  :razz:

 

 

Maybe im being dense but can someone explain to me why you would worship a certain ancient culture's gods? I mean I get they're interesting but then actually believing in them seems like a giant leap. Why not the Romans? Or the Egyptians, or Mesopotamians? And why worship a group of gods so petty and mostly darn right awful by modern standards? Feels awfully arbitary way of choosing a belief system.

I never said I'd worship the giant monster, and since it's an obvious fiction I can actually agree it's highly arbitrary.

I just kinda like his views on humanity to begin with.

I guess, it's more accurate to say I'd worship good fiction.

(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
"If I were not a Christian, I would probably be an atheist" seems reasonably correct. 

 

 

You're the best.

 

I don't think losing my religion would change me much. I'd still want to thrive as much in my life as possible. I'd still understand thriving to be a mental state realized by a healthy body partaking in society in a socially affirming way. I'd still take science to be the best institution for determining the efficient causes underlying personal and social health, especially with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral psychology, anthropology, economics, and political science.

 

I guess I'd have more sex (since there's no scientific reason for abstinence that I'm aware of), worry about the poor less (since I can insulate myself from them and still enjoy a healthy social context), and stop caring about marriage (since there's no reason to care about future generations absent immortality). Those would be the biggest, possibly the only significant changes.

 

Honestly, though, given all the work that Catholicism does to improve my health, I might choose to practice this religion even if I didn't believe in it.

Edited by Chris-M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe im being dense but can someone explain to me why you would worship a certain ancient culture's gods? I mean I get they're interesting but then actually believing in them seems like a giant leap. Why not the Romans? Or the Egyptians, or Mesopotamians? And why worship a group of gods so petty and mostly darn right awful by modern standards? Feels awfully arbitary way of choosing a belief system.

All the atheists here: "now you understand!"

 

:P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All the atheists here: "now you understand!"

 

:P

 

Pointiness of hats is a totally legit arbiter of truth tho. The taller the hat, the nearer you are to God or Cthulhu [delete as applicable]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Since I'm an atheist, and not a Christian, the statement "If I were not a Christian, I would probably be an atheist" seems reasonably correct.

It's correct in the basest of forms, but it has implications in the English language that you do not intend. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's correct in the basest of forms, but it has implications in the English language that you do not intend. 

 

I suspect the whole point was to be coy :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pointiness of hats is a totally legit arbiter of truth tho. The taller the hat, the nearer you are to God or Cthulhu [delete as applicable]

That's it, I'm converting! :P

 

 

It's correct in the basest of forms, but it has implications in the English language that you do not intend.

I also like the ambiguity of how it shows "Cato: formerly known as afriendlyatheist" :P ARE YOU IMPLYING SOMETHING? ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Honestly y'all, I don't want to put down your musings about Wicca and Ancient Mythology and stuff, but I'd bet that the majority of us, if we didn't believe in the Christian God, we'd be atheists or agnostic atheists. 

 

Well sure, but I still want to dance around nekkid in the woods. 

 

I'm a person who likes ritual. Even if I were to be an atheist or agnostic I feel like I'd have to take up some sort of devotion. Whether that be making offerings to Odin for the lolz or getting really really serious about scrabble and wine night is anyones guess. 

Edited by Marley

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well sure, but I still want to dance around nekkid in the woods. 

 

 

I snorted.

Alot.

Way more than I should have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would be Darth Vader minus a master and with more master Chief armor and totaly gun ho with the Death Star 

(thank Jesus I know him :P )

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm pretty confident either I'd be a happy but philosophically nihilistic atheist/agnostic given to naturalism, nominalism, and materialism, or I'd be a mostly agnostic existentialist with some optimism and vague belief in some supernatural dimension to reality on the side.

In either case, I'd probably be unmarried, have a strong but entirely unfulfilled wish to enjoy female companionship without any particular restraints, feel no guilt in spending however much money I please on myself despite rampant poverty and suffering in the world, and do little but use my computer and eat pizza.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now