Do other faiths get into your head sometimes?

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For me, it is Roman Catholicism. I know I am not the only one either. For many years I have had this feeling of fondness for the church as if it had once been a part of my life.

A few years back I was rather sleepily watching a T.V. documentary about the English reformation. I found myself actually thinking that this was wrong, and that we should return to"mother church". That woke me up with a shock, was that me thinking that?

There have been several other examples but I need not repeat them all. I mentioned it once to my mother who told me that my father, a convinced atheist, had once said that "if he ever found god he could only become a Catholic.

A good friend was a devoted Marxist and ferocious atheist. His only other interest was the pursuit of sex with nearly every woman he met. He shocked me one day by admitting that if he was not a Marxist he would probably be a Catholic priest.

He like me was the son of a lukewarm Anglican mother and an atheist father. I am a Buddhist and inspired by Druidry yet like others feel this little urge?
 
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For me, it is Roman Catholicism. I know I am not the only one too. For many years I have had this feeling of fondness for the church as if it had once been a part of my life.

A few years back I was rather sleepily watching a T.V. documentary about the English reformation. I found myself actually thinking that this was wrong, and that we should return to"mother church". That woke me up with a shock, was that me thinking that?

There have been several other examples but I need not repeat them all. I mentioned it once to my mother who told me that my father, a convinced atheist, had once said that "if he ever found god he could only become a Catholic.

A good friend was a devoted Marxist and ferocious atheist. His only other interest was the pursuit of sex with nearly every woman he met. He shocked me one day by admitting that if he was not a Marxist he would probably be a Catholic priest.

He like me was the son of a lukewarm Anglican mother and an atheist father. I am a Buddhist and inspired by Druidry yet like others feel this little urge?

I've never been raised religious but a Roman Catholic friend had influence me to join the church as an adult. I stayed four years and felt since I don't believe deities exist, don't believe Jesus as God, and don't care for church value political/theological values I couldn't stay.

But I agree with your father and friend. If I were christian at all I'd be Catholic. I learned a lot about spirituality, sence of community, and general sense in the meaning and context (but no relationship) of God. Also, I have high respect for the sacraments and all priests. I've no bad experiences to write a book about.

I've practiced nichiren Buddhism but that doesn't stick in my head long. Something about ancestors, family, and something mystical I guess draws me away apart from political issues.

Anyway, yeah. I'd be Catholic. But I was upset a bit that I can't marry if I wanted, can't be with a woman I love, no blessings in those regard from the priest, and no means to be a priest myself. There's so much the church has done that I would really really need to believe in God and Jesus to surpass all that.
 

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I gotta admit I have an envy for those that have a committed path they walk...those that "know".

Problem is I know Sufis and Mormons and Jews and Athesits, and Catholics and... And... That all do.

I see no dichotomy....i see value in community, in speaking the same language, performing the same rites, dancing the same dance, open to page 17...
 

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Neoshamanism.

Not the people who pretend to be a part of some African or Native American culture, but the Hermetic-based spirit workers that associate themselves with animism, vision journeys, ecstatic ritual, herbalism, nature worship, magic, tribalism, and entheogens.

I'm not supportive of the use of sage for smudging or the fake sweat lodges or anything like that, but shamanism was originally an anthropological term used to describe a wide variety of cultures. The only issue is that most shamanic religions are also ethnic religions, which together might form the most ancient form of religion, but this common link does keep Neoshamanism balanced on a precarious edge.

Neoshamanism is therefore a very controversial religion and, unfortunately, this is not entirely unjustified. I'm not interested in it as a way of stealing from other cultures, though. I'd keep to the Hermetic roots.
 
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