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Losing My Religion: TYTU Crew’s Stories from College

earlier we talked about how when you’re
sitting at b_y_u_ or when you are a high school student you’re applying for
college you should see that experience as something that will allow you to have
branch out of whatever it is your parents wanted you to do right college
is a great opportunity to escape and and i think that that something a lot of
students to take advantage of now john you had mentioned to me that you didn’t
even discover who you are until you are in college and i think a lot of people
can agree with that well in terms of religion it took a long time but i was raised in a family that was on
one side roman catholic and muslim for and on the other side which are as far
apart as some religions candy i suppose but they have differently systems did
you go up going to church a little bit but not not a lot mostly
just for the big holiday as weddings and study you down there with religion like
the trial alone university is on them had trouble wire night and reconciliation is what you guys i’ve
never tried to give them sorry on ideal i did my partner in business in
front of the photograph of the culture but no work by i had a family which bali
practice that much my mother’s a believer and my grandfather is a very strong
liberal catholic body wanted to decided like i didn’t really believe but i
wanted to give a good shot so i went to a different phases of looking into all alternative religions we could have many liberal college students do i looked
into liked allison he is and and and all sorts of things like that tried to
reconcile actually believe that these things and lookin advice for the friend who
considered himself an atheist i thought that was sold rationally who’re you to
say that there’s no god and eventually i found that i was trying to find some way
to justify a belief i wasn’t i thought that i was being open-minded honest but
i was and i was still going in with a bias trying do believe something try to
find anything that would make it make sense and eventually i found that it’s not my
job to go out and find evidence for something if evidence is there are
convinced me that if not i think i give a shot eyes here say you were much more open
minded with religion and i was i’d go up as uh… orthodox christian uh… so i went to church every single
sunday and actually right before i graduated high school i decided to drop
religion and i did so because and bad experiences that make church uh… i
started to really question things and then you do kind of debt i guess obsessed with the idea of proving your
faith right like not necessarily proving your faith approving that there’s
justification for your fate and i realize look at i want evidence i
want something to light give me a sign that this fate things
that’s like there’s a reason for it and i realize that their science there’s
logic there’s ample even up much more than that you know what some fancy book
tells me that i should do and i hate the idea of religion dictating the way i
behave in my life you only have this one life to live i wanna live at the way i
want to do i wanted decide my own morality you see what i’m saying so but
you also don’t have to do and reviewing the the book right we have an in-house j would you
have to say about minutes when i say you don’t have to do
every single thing by the book you can you could take different part are you
saying are you suggesting that you deviate from your religion that that uh… what he says is
obviously true yeah look i’m no longer a christian but
octave it would be stupid of me to say that my morality hasn’t been in some way
influenced by the judeo-christian upbringing that i had it’s one thing is that you can do some
stuff by the book and some stuff not fundamentally comes down to do you
believe that this book was inspired by a deity you and i don’t have any reason to
believe that is that it’s just the book that i did some lessons from an awful
obligated to i’ve read many folk philosophy books psychological books agreed all sorts of things from the any
this explains why john is somewhat crippled there’s better explanation but
actually how do we get from religion to sex it’s like amazing how you guys
they’re pretty closely entwined but there’s actually rather religious right
mark seaside in-house christian so what’s
going on with that title for that and so on nellie in college hai uh… miners stands at times is
reporting that one senators i didn’t know what i was doing anything
so uh… really close friend of mine uh… accounts in the distance of
brandon uses re really crazy ass these then the new test
that starting with john mark matthew and then i did that this is ever
to please the s_e_c_ just kinda broke everything down saying my parents
whenever says the spirit to think about that and then when i read the new
testament all the things that i was unsure about
alright didn’t understand became very clear accurate when people start to say you can’t do
that like venture to say that it plugs the craft because that’s not the
religion is about it’s not about sandy easy that it’s more like a helpful
guidance out of your life they think a lot of people will take the lynching and
billions are interpreted part wednesday to me whatever agenda that they have a
whatever whatever objective a half idon’t know when i went to church
personally there was none of that happening all we learned about morality a bad
morality i’m not talking about don’t be gained and don’t you know whatever happy
meryl sites we learned about being kind to your
neighbor we learned about you know what your parents not line up murdering
people those kinds of things that are very important writes a even prosper in
society so those are the kinds of things that i
learned when i was uh… in college so i’m sorry when i was in uh… sunday
school so now when i criticized religion it’s because of what
it’s kind of be complicate what turned it into right so there are definitely
some benefits of it and a lot of college students use their faith to get there
are some of the temptations that they face like market where you really just
when you were in college i was a slight midway through midway through midway
through so what did he did or did you do when it came to
temptations white out jeff like that and i guess uh… debts you gave it indeed

Otis Rodgers



  1. Ox Posted on June 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Because specific religions are created around specific deities.

  2. Ox Posted on June 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I can belong to you. I can also do good things just for you.

  3. jxsilicon9 Posted on June 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    College? I realized it was bullshit when I was 12. *After reading bible* This is bullshit!

  4. Teacher Embra Posted on June 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

    So? If I wanted to, I could say, "I believe in a God. I believe God created everything." But that wouldn't automatically make me a Christian or otherwise.

  5. MBP6705 Posted on June 14, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I agree. One of my coworkers just had a parent pass away, and in a way that forced him to come to grips with his own mortality. It scares him, and he has told me he wants to believe. It's a comfort thing.

  6. Grace Calambas Posted on June 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I'm a atheist-no other words but I hate when people appear shock when I tell them

  7. maxdevon1 Posted on June 20, 2013 at 6:11 am

    In terms of world history, Atheism has only recently become popular. The first organized religion happened around 9831 B.C. It took 11,231 years (Since the birth of religion) for the Spanish inquisition to happen, and 4,331 years for the first human sacrifice to happen. Atheism has only recently ,in the scheme of things, been as popular as religion has been since 9831 B.C. So wait a while and Atheism will have it's name paired with something awful.

  8. Jordan Johnstone Posted on June 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    reglions is exactly for to control the people thats why it was invented

  9. Tayezee Harris Posted on June 22, 2013 at 6:01 am

    r u saying the bible is bullshit

  10. Tayezee Harris Posted on June 22, 2013 at 6:11 am

    no i have to disagree it not a comfort thing.your friend(sorry for his lost) does not have to believe . that is the beauty of God, he gives us free will weather or not we chose to believe. he is not being forced to believe that all on him

  11. jxsilicon9 Posted on June 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Are you saying its not?

  12. Orion q Posted on June 28, 2013 at 12:27 am

    That was just a dream. That me in the corner.

  13. adam78180 Posted on June 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Started having *controversial* thoughts when i was entering 6th grade. Agnostic at best nowadays.

  14. chipcoz Posted on June 30, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Dat REM reference

  15. Sandwhich Tyrant Posted on June 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    i find it funny that Christianity forces you to believe in a mysterious omnipresent creator of the universe because said creator says so. Well if there's a creator and he created this surely he must be imperfect. Isn't that real hope? Turn to religion to hope but who you look up to is a being you can't ever be like because you aren't good enough. Yeah.

  16. mcmcmorris Posted on July 5, 2013 at 5:36 am

    if you read the bible you would be a Christian
    you did not read the bible

  17. mcmcmorris Posted on July 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

    and is this an atheist breeding ground, its like an alien planet to me , but im not complaining ,statistics show that atheism is die out and other religions are being disproved, the only time Ive ever seen a Christian get defeated in a debate is when they were new or not as experienced in debating and when some one says ive read the bible and still don't believe, that's bull its like saying I now know how a book works but I still think you have to read it upside down

  18. jxsilicon9 Posted on July 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Actually if you follow Christ teachings you're a Christian.

  19. mcmcmorris Posted on July 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    but if you read the bible you would see the truth, and what is your picture of

  20. mcmcmorris Posted on July 6, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I must be wording it wrong, I mean when some one reads the bible they see truth they see all the facts, so when jxsilicon9 says ive read it but still don't believe I call bullshit if you've read the bible and still don't believe you are a satin worshiper , but if you read it you will see truth and realize its fact, the reason I don't believe in science/atheism is that why would I want to risk going to hell if we Christians are right (witch we are) and I will say one more thing in another comment

  21. mcmcmorris Posted on July 6, 2013 at 12:36 am

    we Christians love science because they help prove that there is a god every day, maybe not Jesus but a god and most of us Christians are great at disproving other religions, like im good at disproving cults (Mormonism, jovaism) and in reality its atheism that's dyeing out my friend, and since this is a Christian nation(America) its more likely they are converting to Christianity and with all the influence to. try to convince me that im wrong I challenge you.

  22. mcmcmorris Posted on July 6, 2013 at 12:37 am

    give me something from a science point of view

  23. The Coffee Nut Posted on July 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Seriously when you read the bible your brain literally goes "High levels of bullshit detected".

  24. mcmcmorris Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    read the bible it will convince you if it does not you did not read it like you suppose to read a book

  25. valar Posted on July 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I actually 'found' Buddhism in my last year of college. The absence of a deity and the importance of direct experience of certain truths impressed me deeply. It's way of viewing reality has been profoundly life-changing.

  26. That One Canadian Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Atheism is actually really common. Im pretty sure all my friends and I are all atheists. Also im pretty sure all my friends and I are all born in roman cathlic family, but no of us believe there is a god so we are all atheists. I never hear anyone at my school talk about religions and god and all that stuff. I think atheism is the biggest religion around, at least were i live. There is cathlic schools that i went to when i believed in god but now i go to public ones an do not cathlic anymore.

  27. John Redcon Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Not really

  28. John Redcon Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I don't get it. Oh you think believing in God is childish. You are sadly mistaken. You think you see clearer than the Christians, but youre really the one who has been fooled by society

  29. REMIX8604 Posted on July 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I like ana more and more with every video

  30. mcmcmorris Posted on July 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I have you question for you and that is , how did you find my comments I would think that with all the comments on this channel mine would be lost some where, and you did not read it , if you did you most likely skipped though books or chapters, its like saying no to fact that has been proven time and time again,

  31. isaac ickovich Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    power to you rick for being jewish I am also jewish.

  32. Christopher Hess Posted on July 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Pagan and proud

  33. Niall Foody Posted on August 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Is science toligy as big as some people say i don't know any science toligy?

  34. BetweenARock AndAHardPlace Posted on August 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I realized it at 14

  35. peacefulrage Posted on August 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I realized when I found out the bible, Qur'an, Torah, and all the other religious books where written by humans. Reddit also helped speed me along my path of science and relative truths. I was 13 at the time.

  36. Derek Iverson Posted on August 7, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I've never believed in a religion. My family are Mormon, but I've always questioned what my parents and the missionaries, who often visited us, had to say.

    I consider myself to be an agnostic atheist. I will not blindly believe in something without scientific evidence for it.

  37. Xpatriot67 Posted on August 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Lacking an irrational faith doesn't necessarily mean you can't enjoy the cultural and philosophical points of religion. I don't have to believe a mouse pulled a thorn from a lion's paw to understand the message of Aesop's Fables, and I don't have to believe in a god to understand the wisdom and teachings of the gospels. Wisdom, after all, is where you find it. I think not believing in the literal text makes it easier to understand, even….

  38. PhazonSpaceSystems Posted on August 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I am so lucky to be growing up in an atheist family. I don't have to worry about struggling with religion and finding who I am religously. My dad went to church a little, but my mom was forced to go to church every Sunday and going to Sunday school. My mom and dad are both atheists, and as such taught me about Christianity, not as a truth, but as a story. I've been an an atheist all my life, even though that's only been 14 short years.

  39. Doodelay Explains Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I dropped it the first time after I prayed for a deaf guy at the bus terminal to be healed of deafness "in the name of jesus" he obviously wasnt healed (I was a fundy) so I questioned evolution really seriosly. by 19 i was a convinced atheist. I'm 22 now.

  40. marisa romero Posted on August 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    if it wasnt for a supernatural experienc id prolly b an athiest too

  41. ChickenRamen Posted on August 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

    The bible has some pretty awful things in it. Reading it actually pushed me away form Christianity, Mostly the parts condoning slavery, and teaching that women are little more than property. Have YOU read the bible? No cherry picking.

  42. mcmcmorris Posted on August 17, 2013 at 4:13 am

    you sir have not read it, I have, its all the facts that are shown, and the world is violent, so if you say its to violent well look at Egypt and Syria now

  43. Eivind Nilsen Posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:38 am

    mcmcmorris: Yeah ok, so then you think violence is a good thing? If the world was surroundet in peace you would have cherry-picked THAT fact from the bible as well. What about all the "facts" in the bible thats NOT a fact? And please don`t make me have to teach you about the bible now…

  44. ChickenRamen Posted on August 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I know the world is violent. I just have a hard time pulling any kind of morality that condones violence.

  45. jxsilicon9 Posted on August 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I use to go to Sunday school when I was 12 and younger. Of course the people in the church couldn't answer any of my questions. And they just lecture their interpretation of the bible. So I picked up the bible myself and after that I didn't go back to Sunday school.

  46. John Kelly Posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Everyone is talking about realizing the bullshit when they were young….. I was raised agnostic and my family took me to church so i could know what it is like but encouraged me to think and question everything and have my own opinion. A.K.A. I never believed in a deity .

  47. John Kelly Posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Really you must be a huge cherry picker when you red it because there is some fucked up shit in there

  48. John Kelly Posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

    You are very ignorant and clearly read around the fact that the bible says women can't speak in church or teach men and should be stoned if they do.

  49. John Kelly Posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:52 am

    supernatural is different then deity

  50. John Kelly Posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:55 am

    you mean the type that follow the bible because those women can't teach men or they will get stoned

  51. Karena Lea Posted on August 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Religion doesn't give you morals, you develop ideas as you experience different things.

  52. Bram D. Posted on September 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Not always, there's this thing called religion and Christianity but they're totally different in the USA and in Europe. Ofcourse you have fanatics in Europe too, but the general population that's even remotely a tiny bit religious will just be religious because they pray to God that their kids will do fine on a school-trip, that uncle Bob heals from his fractured knee fast so they can play as forward attacker in the next soccer game etc… it's just the USA crazies that are fucked-up

  53. Bram D. Posted on September 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    You gotta give em credit though, they wrote a book & preached lies and got the whole world believing it (and then i mean religious men in general)

  54. Kayla Bell Posted on September 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I agree that while many followers of religion DO let go of rationality, like Ana said: "To justify their own agendas," I don't agree that you have to let go of rationality to believe in God. There are many things that happen in this world that can't be explained scientifically or rationally. This is what leads so many people to an alternative conclusion that God exists.

  55. eina lem Posted on September 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Why do all these Christians think they're so persecuted whenever it is merely suggested that they could be wrong? Try being an atheist in a Catholic school.

  56. Alexandre Pinho Posted on September 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Your thought on abortion? (not trying to bash)

  57. Monique truthe Posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Drop your religion but don't drop GOD!!! Nothing is possible without him.

  58. Carl Sagan is my Homie Posted on September 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Like what just because you cannot explain something does not mean we cannot explain it. Give examples

  59. Sonny Kang Posted on September 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Please ready Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

  60. Kaka Karrotcake Posted on September 28, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Everyone has free will right? SOOOOOO it should be every ones right to choose.

  61. Conrad Rouxze Posted on October 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I've had a few shifts of religion and I'm not even out of highschool.In pre-k to 3rd grade I was a pray every night before sleep type of Christan.Then I read the Bible and didn't agree with it so I stopped praying.In 6th I found Out about Wicca and became a Solitary Practitioner of Witchcraft. Now I'm exploring Other pagan religions and practices like Astru,Alchemy,Active psychic abilities, Ascension,ect.

  62. Keslake Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:28 am

    College? Please, lost it in middle school.

  63. Misael Velis Posted on October 11, 2013 at 12:53 am

    youre right its accepting jesus christ as lord,and repenting of your sins and following jesus christ teachings that makes you a christian,reading the bible is just another aiding step in knowing what jesus teachings were without it a christian would have to rely on just what their parents said rather than what jesus truly said in a book centuries old,even today i catch my parents teaching me things that are against christ thats why the bible is important it's assurance by god himself

  64. Misael Velis Posted on October 11, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Ana…evil can be found everywhere,the bible says even the devil and his demons aren't excluded from entering a church,the true temple is the body that we inhibit housing the holy spirit,that's why we try to live in the light and repent of our sins because we respect the gift that was given to us by jesus christ

  65. TheJerseyJenn Posted on October 19, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Technically the Bible isn't prehistoric but I get what you're saying.

  66. first last Posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Account terminated. At least you went out being liked!

  67. Justan Juddy Wilson Posted on December 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Jesus wasn't religious, never am I.
    Praise God.

  68. Nick Withford Posted on January 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The amount of atheists who are not ready to die turn god in their last moments of their life….

  69. Kirsten M Posted on January 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    My mom's catholic while my dad is muslim. My brother is baptist. My uncle is Buddhist. Close family friends of ours are Jewish. With all these religions surrounding me, is it truly wrong to say I don't know? Therefore, I am agnostic.

  70. veritas aquitas Posted on April 2, 2014 at 6:07 am

    The idea that there is somehow a conflict between faith and reason is erroneous. There are many good scientists who believe in God, and there always have been. As a matter of fact, throughout history there were many influential figures who had faith in God, and still maintained reason and rationality, such as;Ibn Sina(Avincenna-980-1037), Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543),Johannes Kepler (1571-1630).Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Rene Descartes (1596-1650).

  71. Dylan Digby Posted on May 12, 2014 at 6:28 am

    The biggest flaw of this video and most people's perspectives, is that they attribute their morality to what they've learned. This is how religion hijacked morality. We all have mirror neurons and an innate sense of what is right. If you don't, or think it's okay to do terrible things, then something is wrong with you. And yes, this is coming from an atheist.

  72. Anna Kate Littlejohn Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This show really needs to have at least one Christian. Everyone one this show who is actually a host is non-religious or an atheist. I do feel bad for all atheists and non-religious people because while the people who have excepted Jesus in their hearts are going to heaven everyone else is not.

  73. pamela cornejo Posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:51 am

    religion is not necessity to know from right and wrong, if you don't know right from wrong you lack sympathy, and compassion. Religion was terrible, I don't see how it has become any worse, If you date back to the Middle Ages.

  74. Damian Wootten Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I feel sorry for the little lady speaking. It is easier to see that she is angry at God  instead of simple disbelief. I find the equation of God to be quite simple in all truth. I am a big fan of science and can say there is no physical evidence of God.(Note I'm still a Christian here) I can't find God through natural means. One day it hit me, why am I looking for God in a chemical if he is not physical at all! What if he was something more than natural. I looked into it and found that I can't use a natural means to find things of supernatural qualities. All we have to go off of is science to see if the old book lines up with science. Studying history( Another field I'm really good in) actually lines up with The Bible and The Torah perfectly. (Don't get angry, if you find my information to be of question then ask away as long it is a TOLERANT and RATIONAL debate and not a BASH). Anyways I'd like to help answer your questions in any way I can and have have a good night.        

  75. Mark Groshev Posted on September 14, 2014 at 5:23 am

    If you want answers, read the Bible.

  76. Johnny 5 Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    In the end we will all find out.  I would rather believe and be wrong, then not believe and be wrong!

  77. Jenny247ful Posted on October 8, 2014 at 7:47 am

    there is a huge difference between being religious and having a personal relationship with God

  78. Connor Wiebe Posted on October 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    chris and rick are the retards in the room

  79. philip gage Posted on November 1, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I taught all of my children to be moral and ethical people – 5 of them. I teach my 8 grandchildren the same things. This is done by example and story telling – parables if you will. Religion is never mentioned because I am an atheist. If anything I am an Anti-Theist because people all over the world are still being beheaded, stoned to death, mutilated and repressed by illogical uneducated and, in a lot of cases, manipulative and power hungry individuals. I treat people humanely because it is right – not because some imaginary friend tells me to. My children and grandchildren are the same because they have been brought up to do so. The key here is empathy – imagine yourself in the shoes of someone who is in a living hell and then realise that if you were in the same position you would appreciate any help you could get.

  80. Layton Games 111 Posted on November 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Sorry not trying to offend people but as a Christian I believe that God is real and once you become a Christian your whole life changes in you can feel the change and again sorry no offense but for people that are atheist to me it's sounds kinda of weird that they believe that we was created by space then when we die then get buried in the ground so it sounds like space made you so you can live then you just die and get buried 😐

  81. Knifey Posted on November 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    It's a reason why it's called faith and not Proof if there was proof there would not be faith

  82. charlescox86 Posted on December 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I'm an atheist but I like that the dude mentioned Ecclesiastes. Thats a very interesting book in the bible. 

  83. Fangsabre Posted on December 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I don't know if I believe in God (Allah whatever. Same being different names different perceptions ex. Jupiter vs. Zeus) but there was something that might give me hope because i want to believe. My aunt had throat cancer, most everyone thought she wouldn't last the year. That was the first time I ever prayed, seriously prayed, because I didn't know what else to do and I couldn't just sit by and do nothing while my aunt died. Then a few weeks, maybe a couple months later my dad gave me some news. The cancer was gone. They couldn't find it. She had been improving slightly because of chemo treatment, but to go from where she was at to cancer free was amazing. I had forgotten about the prayer. But I remembered just recently. If it was God, then I thank him with all my heart. But my aunt is also just a a strong woman, who never goes down without a fight. So you tell me whAt you think

  84. startrekwarsmixguy Posted on January 15, 2015 at 11:26 am

    As an Atheist (Apatheist) I am troubled by the idea that a lot of christians put forth, that if you don't believe in God, you will go to hell, no matter your deeds. Even though I don't believe in a divine being, I would like to think that I would be judged upon my actions rather than on my beliefs.

  85. Jose Ramirez Posted on January 31, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I went from being raised catholic to agnosticism in high school until I was 23 and went back to being a christian. Now im thinking of converting to Judaisim. This has all taken place while living at home and going to college at the same time.
    I've never understood why people can't be themselves or cant "think" for themselves while living at home.
    In my option they do not have any critical thinking skills; first they do what their parents want and then do what their peers want as they go through college.

  86. Jose Ramirez Posted on January 31, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Now my comment was made before watch in the whole video but I still stand by it.
    I found that discussion to be very intelligent, not the usual brainless, tired arguments put forth by atheists and religious fundamentalists.
    Groups who behave very similarly…

  87. Brandon Routt Posted on February 1, 2015 at 6:29 am

    As a Catholic convert (who converted while in college)  I must say that, to a degree, their logic makes sense when approaching from their angle. I am a college student myself, so I know a lot about what they're talking about.

    They have some issues with their positions, though – first and foremost in the denial of their responsibility to seek truth. Humans are naturally curious being, which is one of the many things that separates us from animals. Every single person has an imbedded desire to know the truth of life's most important questions, like "Who am I? What am I doing here? Is there something else out there?" Everyone has asked the question at one point or another, and logic follows that if the question is asked or even pondered, the person who asked desires an answer. The real question then becomes whether there is an answer or not. The implications of how he made his stance certainly suggests that he believes that an answer does in fact exist, in which case not pursuing the answer is counterintuitive to his human nature of wanting answers.

    Second, personal experience with people in a religious institution should never influence their belief system, positive or negative (this comes from the comments from the girl). The fact of the matter is, there are hypocrites everywhere in the Church. People hurt each other. Adulteries in many Christian sects are normal. Does that mean that the Christian God condones it? Absolutely not. That just means that the people themselves are not living up to what they profess. That does not make their profession an error – the error comes when they do what they openly condemn, assuming that what it is they profess comes from a source of authority to them. If I was a husband and I did something really wrong, like cheat on my wife, that does not mean I hold little value to the sanctity of marriage – all it means is that I am willing to compromise on my own convictions for physical gratification. My profession that marriage is sacred is definitely correct, but my actions portray something negative about me, not my belief that marriage is sacred.

    The last thing I will mention is the incorporation of different beliefs, and this namely comes from the Jewish man in the crew. It is 100% fundamentally impossible for two books to be complete sources of truth that teach in opposition to each other. The Bible cannot be completely true if the Qur'an is as well. Why? Because they disagree with each other. They do not teach the same thing, so they cannot be the same in authority. You cannot have two math textbooks, one saying that 2+2=4 and the other saying that 2+2=5, and say that both are correct and without error. That is lunacy! In the same way, the Judeo-Christian God cannot be the same as the Hindu "God" (in quotations because there are an innumerable number of gods in Hinduism, but, in their teaching, thanks to our finite being, we can only comprehend them as one being) because one is compromised of many gods and the other is only One God. There is no reconciling the two. Sadly, it is commonplace for people to "pick-and-choose" what they want in a religion and take certain philosophical and dogmatic principles together to form their own unique "soup"-like faith. We live in a pluralistic society that largely condones this, but in simple reason it is just not tenable. You cannot be a Buddhist and a Catholic. You cannot be a Jew by religion and also a Taoist. They are irreconcilable – if one is true, the other is false. Therefore, if you acclaim to a religious tradition, you by default acclaim what your tradition means. I cannot be a Catholic and deny the existence of a real, all-powerful God. A Buddhist cannot be a Buddhist if he believes that desire is good. A Hindu cannot say that Being is not as important as rationality. To acclaim one is to deny the other.

    These are just some of the issues that you have raised and, though I definitely tried to prove that reason and faith are not juxtaposed, I certainly wish that I did not offend anyone.

  88. Crews Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Okay, so my issue is that if you don't follow/believe in all aspects of your religion, why believe in any? If only parts of your holy book or mainstream religious doctrine are correct, how do you know which ones? How do you know Yahweh wants you to condone homosexuality, or Allah doesn't want you to kill the infidels, or that it's okay to eat non-Kosher? It's not like there's any evidence to support one part of your religion and not the other. If you're going to subject your religious book to your own personal scrutiny, why look to it for guidance in the first place? If there are so many problems with the fundamental side of your religion, why try to revise and edit when you can throw it out completely?

  89. Carolyn Baumgras Posted on July 6, 2015 at 12:10 am

    I was raised Lutheran, and was very religious in high school, just because the Christian kids were my best friends and I got to travel and do other fun things with the church.  I never questioned my faith, but after high school I became more liberal. I got into a bad situation that progressively got more bad, but now that it's over I feel like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be and I'm happy.  I realize that I wouldn't be here if it weren't for that bad situation going where it did, and that's why I believe in God, but also why I don't believe in all the "thou shalt nots" that were written 2000 years ago.  Also this is why I believe that religion is something you have to explore and find for yourself, and not just believe what someone preaches at you.

  90. Galactic Scholar Posted on August 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I am looking for a specific report you did concerning international religiosity and how it connects with other factors such as rates of crime, poverty, hunger, etc. Can you please direct me to it, or failing that direct me towards someone who can help me find it?

    Thanks in advance!

  91. Vraisairs Posted on September 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Christianity is about restrictions

  92. Jalessa Perez Posted on September 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    What is going on with the sub titles?

  93. Ali M Posted on September 16, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Think Tank please look at the UN Global Peace Index. The most peaceful nations on the list have a lack of belief in organized religion by almost 80 percent or more. The most violent nations are the the ones that believe in organized religion by 80 percent or more. Morality is not created by religion. Based on the UN Global Peace Index, we would be better of without religion.