As I peruse ADISC I see a lot of people of many different religious backgrounds. I am curious to see how many people here are Deists, Atheists, or Agnostics, or perhaps anything similar which I have missed.
What caused you to form this world view?
Is this what you always considered yourself, or were you originally something else?
How do you deal and interact with/around religious people?
I realize there have been other posts on the topic of religion, but this one deals specifically with non traditional forms of religion.
To get the ball rolling, I will answer my own questions...
I am a Deist. This makes me a rather rare breed as most people I know have never heard the term, and If the do know what it means they think it is a dead philosophy. Essentially, I reject any type of revealed religious claim, reject doctrine, and reject the concept of faith. I use reason and logic to seek truth in the natural world. This search leads to the belief in a god based on reason instead of faith. Thats your short definition for those who didn't already know.
I was never really a christian, even though I was born into an episcopalian family and have also gone to a catholic school all my life (that includes both high school and university). In short through a lifetime of religious education I learned enough to know I disagreed and that I knew it was wrong. The same people that taught me faith taught me critical thought, and it did not compute.
When I am around religious people I am very kind and respectful, but I always try to distance myself from religious conversation, lest it turn into a debate. I actually only looked at catholic universities, as I like small classes and nice people and because it is what I had grown up with. I do not readily challenge peoples religious views, though in my younger days, I considered it a sport and would attack on sight. In hindsight this was callous, mean, hypocritical, and stupid of me. Overall I quietly exist among them and just mind my own business, unless one draws me into a debate, in which case I get my claws out.
Please share your experiences. I am curious to know