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Seeking faith as an atheist.

I've been an atheist for most of my life. I've never been to a formal church service outside of a wedding or a funeral. Recently I've realized that I politically agree with the leftist interpretation of the teachings of Christ. I still don't believe in the supernatural aspects of the Christian faith. Would it be wrong for me to seek out a left leaning sect like Unitarians? I'm worried that this is, at the very least, intellectually dishonest to my own beliefs, and more likely, selfish for the church I'd pursue. I'm looking for guidance on how to proceed. I apologize if I've offended the faithful with a misunderstanding of their beliefs. Part of my desire for this is that of community and connection with fellow left leaning folks.
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2014 - 41 answers

Criticism, Belief, and Experience

Does anyone have any advice about taking criticism is a healthy manner? Whether it be work, your home life, or some other venue, taking criticism seems to be an important skill. When people who I do not know very well offer criticism or unsolicited advice I can have a hard time with it, if I'm not sure whether what they are telling me is solid or not. Which leads me to my next question about how much of what someone tells you do you take on faith versus trusting your own experiences? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jun 14, 2014 - 13 answers

When do I reveal my agnosticism to my eight-year old?

My eight-year old was talking about god the other day, and she said something that my first impulse was to correct, but instead I ignored it. She said, "like you, I believe in god." Problem is, I kinda don't. But I'm pretty much the only one in the family with doubts, and I'm not sure when it makes sense to reveal it, specifically to this child. The reason I have doubts about talking to her specifically about it is because she's on the spectrum, and I think that makes it harder for her, especially so young, to sustain her own beliefs. I envy people of faith, but I do not share their faith. Have you dealt with this issue? How do you handle it when you're kid's a believer, but you're not. Special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 37 answers

Books about "maybe there is a God" for an agnostic with some doubts.

I have read a lot of the – for lack of a better word – anti-religion Books. The God Delusion by Dawkins, Hitchens’s God is Not Great and The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. Sam Harris’s The End of Faith and Letters to a Christian Nation, among quite a few others. Those books made a lot of sense to me. Most (if not all) of my friends and colleagues are either agnostics or atheists. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Jun 14, 2013 - 41 answers

Why did I lose my faith? How do I find something as equally helpful?

I was born in a very, very devout Christian family. Went to Christian schools and church. For a long time my faith was the most important thing to me and then as I started getting older (18) I began to doubt. This doubt only increased to the point that by the time I was 25 or 26 (I'm 33 now) I became"atheist". Now, I see that faith played a very important role in emotionally stabilizing me and giving me hope and I want something like that back. My question is why did I lose my faith (when all my family still holds it dear)? And how do I find something equally as helpful in my life? Thank you so much!
posted by learninguntilidie on Apr 22, 2013 - 52 answers

Therapeutic Faith.

Do you have faith in your therapist's sense of certainty? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Mar 31, 2013 - 21 answers

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest?

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Can a healthy marriage last?

How do I regain my trust in marriage when my role models of healthy marriage are separating? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Oct 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships and UK Law

My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 20, 2012 - 31 answers

Decisions & Subjectivity

What sorts of things should a person take on faith versus having to make sense of it for themselves? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Sep 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture?

Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I get my confidence back?

I've lost all confidence in my (work) abilities. What can I do to get it back? [more inside]
posted by gadha on May 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Alternative to God?

What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 6, 2012 - 63 answers

I need an amazing book on the philosophy of science that will get my juices flowing

I want to learn more about the philosophy of science, the validation of its methods, its relation to faith and our core existence, its weaknesses, its controversies, its fundamental warps and wefts into the fabric of our society. [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on May 3, 2012 - 32 answers

Christian apologetics book recommendations that accept the fact of evolution

Looking for recommendations for books on Christian apologetics that take seriously the reality of evolution rather than denying it in favor of the argument from design. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Apr 3, 2012 - 12 answers

WWTTD (What Would This Therapist Do?)

Anglican Christian filter: I am interested in working for an Anglican non-profit organization as an intern-therapist. I am a non-practicing Christian, but have a strong spiritual belief (think: Eckhart Tolle/Eastern philosophy) and was formally trained in transpersonal psychotherapy, which by definition is rooted in spirituality and encourages one to "transcend beyond oneself." I am not inherently opposed to religion, but do not follow strict Catholic practices. Should I reconsider being interested in this position? I need more subjective info on Anglican beliefs, and Wikipedia isn't really helping in this area. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jan 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Inspiring Faith Online

I'm looking for beautiful, effective faith-based web sites. Sites for churches, sites about general religion, sites about even more general faith, really anything you think might be related somehow to faith. Sites that are beautiful aesthetically are fine, sites that actually motivate you to peruse them are the most interesting to me. I know next to nothing about what faith-based thingamajigs are online, so even stupidly obvious ones are welcome.
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 9, 2011 - 12 answers

How to Reconcile Faith and Mental Illness

My ex-boyfriend's schizophrenia turned me into an atheist (more or less), but that loss of faith kind of took me by surprise. I'm still thinking about it sometimes, and wondering how religious people reconcile themselves with the idea of a mental illness that produces religious experiences? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Dec 3, 2011 - 26 answers

How do you keep believing?

I think I am going through a philosophical-religious identity crisis. I've lived over 30 years trying to believe what I was taught to believe, but it is becoming harder as I get older and the "evidence" seems to get lesser and lesser. What do you do when you are consumed with doubt about that which has been your core for all of your life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 - 63 answers

Losing my (lack of) religion

Former Christian, happily married to a lifelong atheist for over two decades, considering returning to church. Very apprehensive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I forget / remove values that were taught to me when I grew?

My parents are conservative Christians and I were brought up with Christian values. As I grew older, I began to question my faith and after years of searching, I finally discovered that Christianity; like other religions are based on ideas and concepts that are mostly outdated. I am an atheist now and I am happy with that. But the thing is... I have an animosity towards Christianity; I feel that years of my life wasted in believing lies... years that I can not ever claim back. And worse... some of the values taught to me seem to stick like chewed up gum sticking on shoe. I don't know how to get rid of these Christian values I want out. [more inside]
posted by bbxx on Jul 31, 2011 - 37 answers

Interfaith marriage assistance

Interfaith marriages: how the hell do we do this? [more inside]
posted by deeman on Jul 21, 2011 - 34 answers

One nervous pagan versus a thousand christians

I am not Christian, and often feel seriously awkward and uncomfortable talking to faithful people on/around/about Christian holidays. How can I avoid or lessen this feeling? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Apr 24, 2011 - 53 answers

So, he likes liturgy....

So, my son has decided he's converting to Eastern Orthodox. I'd like to know more about it. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Mar 29, 2011 - 35 answers

Are there any Pagan-friendly interfaith monasteries?

I’m a Pagan who wants to live a monastic life. Is there such a thing as an interfaith Earth-based monastery? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Mar 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Henri Nouwen's "Being the Beloved" speech on YouTube - available in written form?

Henri Nouwen's "Being the Beloved" speech on YouTube - available in written form? Also, question re: "putting brokenness under the blessing" [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 on Mar 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent?

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent? I know that not speaking to my mother is the right thing to do, but what does the good book say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 - 22 answers

I believe in Santa, but I don't believe in Jesus

Religion filter: I'm really trying to understand religion and why people regularly attend services. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 8, 2011 - 40 answers

Jesus vs. Bible?

Found Jesus. But the Bible pushes me away from Him. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 - 55 answers

Religion in the home: how much is too much?

If you come from a religious family but are no longer religious yourself: what sort of spiritual upbringing did you have? Did any factors in your home religious life contribute to your decision to leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 - 70 answers

Man of My Dreams

He's the man of my dreams (literally) and I want to stop thinking about him. How can I let go? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Mar 16, 2010 - 10 answers

poem on faith

Can you help me find this poem about faith? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Mar 6, 2010 - 2 answers

Nazar Boncuks on my stoop, a Mezuzah on my door frame, prayer flags outside... help me represent all faiths!

Help me decorate a multi-faith home! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Book explaining Islam?

What's the best book for obtaining an overview of Islam (and its attitudes towards 'Western' culture)? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Dec 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Letting go of God: Help me deal with my atheism and the five stages of grief. I'm in the fourth stage now.

Please give advice on how to accept my atheism, let go of God and the need for one, how to get over the fourth stage of grief/letting go (depression), and how to find my passion for life again! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 46 answers

Are the existence of logical paradoxes evidence that logic is not Universal truth?

Are the existence of logical paradoxes evidence that logic is not Universal truth, or simply symptoms of incomplete or inaccurate semantic systems? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Oct 14, 2009 - 37 answers

Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations.

Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations. [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Trust vs. Faith - what's the difference?

What is the difference between trust and faith? Long setup, but non-chatty purpose, I promise =) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Buddha Pest

As a general skeptic, how do you come to terms with a partner who believes in metaphysics? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Mar 3, 2009 - 47 answers

Help this struggling atheist get over her desire to believe.

After years of drifting along as a "spiritual but not religious" believer I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I'm not actually a believer at all. I am an atheist with a lingering but unwanted desire to believe and it is making me miserable. Can you help me move past this? [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Feb 6, 2009 - 77 answers

Looking for contextual understanding of Hebrews 10:23

Seeking advice about a quote from Hebrews 10:23, which states "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." This is from one of the books of the New Testament (Epistle to the Hebrews). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Yes, they'll know I am Christian... how?

Christian-faith-filter: What do evangelicals think of Catholics? What sorts of things would be good to emphasize, or, conversely, to avoid mentioning, as a Catholic who wants to be taken seriously as a Christian by a group of evangelically-oriented Protestants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 - 39 answers

Can you recommend some Good Books for my dad?

My dad recently read The Shack and really liked it. Can you recommend other books with a spiritual leaning (not necessarily Christian) that he might also like? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

The Apologetic for Apologetics? What should the American church be talking about?

What should a Christian church that attracts non-Christians -- and that is interested in being relevant to the world -- be talking about today? [more inside]
posted by rubberfish on Jul 30, 2008 - 46 answers

Who am I?

A Crisis of Identity? All my life, I've been the sort of person to avoid my faith to a certain extent (I would pray and try and be as good a muslim as I could, but there was always so much more I could do, and I knew it). Recently, I've met someone who's awakened that desire in me to finally make the commitment, and it feels great to have begun to do so, but there's another side of me that feels like I'm (I don't even know how to say it...) cheating on it... [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on May 20, 2008 - 38 answers

Lack of Trust in My God in a Box

I would like to sense God in my life. I go to church regularly, pray, and read the Bible to understand Him better but I still have such deep bouts of depression where I either don't trust or sense his presence. There is a wide gap between what I believe with my heart and what I understand in my head. For example, I understand and believe in the sovereignty in God but when hard times come or extremely difficult emotions (despair) arise, that is the first thing I question. I am not looking for an easy life or a perfect life, just one that is able to trust God more. Any opinions on how to do this? I feel a great tension between trying harder, and just letting go but my letting go resembles more closely giving up than "letting God" if you know what i mean. To summarize, I want a stronger faith. Any ideas? Thanks so much for input.
posted by snap_dragon on May 8, 2008 - 58 answers

How can this pilgrim acquire faith?

Please help this petty agnostic acquire faith in a higher power. [more inside]
posted by mr_book on Feb 10, 2008 - 71 answers

Got faith?

I haven't dated anyone in several years now (I'm 35) because I have absolutely no faith that a relationship will work out - in fact to the contrary, I'm quite convinced that it will cause me nothing but pain. This lack of faith is inherent in other aspects of my life - work, personal time etc: I just don't do things because I visualize either pain or failure with great ease, and find it almost impossible to visualize success. How do I go about building faith in my endeavors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Did they have copyright in 629?

At the bottom of this list of available emblems of belief for veteran's headstones two symbols, the christian scientist cross and crown and the muslim five pointed star, are said to be not shown due to copyright. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by thecjm on Apr 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Faith Online

Religion-Online-Filter: Help me find good religious websites, blogs and online communities. [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe on Dec 15, 2006 - 3 answers

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