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by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:34 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: English: A Broken Language?
Replies: 358
Views: 2756

Destructive Government Economic System wrote:Those who say that English is broken do not realize that it is one of the easiest languages to learn.


Spoken English is relatively easy language to learn. It is also relatively easy to read English. Writing English, however, is another matter.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:14 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Transgender Discussion Thread III
Replies: 3606
Views: 67051

Over the years, I have had many transgendered students. Some of them discussed their struggles in my classes. We also have an LGBTQQIA club on campus, and students from a variety of genders and sexual orientations have come into my classes and provided panel discussions. Come to think of it, I need ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:15 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

One issue with the poll is that it doesn't take into account people being part of multiple religions at the same time. That is true, but allowing multiple choices would cause some degree of confusion. For instance, no one would have any way of knowing whether the selections were made by one person ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:13 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

This mine is for debate, not a critic. You could find association between things, example given: are the ones of christian education supposed to lean toward agnosticism? (so I ll answer agnostic, by the way, ignoring the "cultural lag" as the pool dictates) As a sociologist, I appreciate ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:09 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

before the answer. Is it the official religion (the one of family, tradition coming from), or the personal believe? (with due respect I ask, why not to introduce such distinction in the poll) It is your personal religious faith or the religion you grew up in. As the title of the thread says, Poll: ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:55 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

United Islamic Commonwealth wrote:I mean no offense, but how old are you? :p


I am pretty old. :p 61.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:57 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Strong atheism is a religion, itself... even though strong atheists don't have the integrity to admit it. And the evidence for strong atheism is exactly as solid as that for the existence of [insert deity X here]. BTW, Dawkins - much as I loathe him in regards to his jerkass attitude on religion - ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:55 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Yes, religious studies can be rather time consuming.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:51 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Krumolia wrote:Wait. So I'm a Sikh?


lol. I am good friends with members of the local Sikh temple. They are really fine people.

Actually, I almost became a Sikh back in the late 1960s.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:05 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Constitutional Technocracy of Minecraft wrote:Seems like you're winning here in the UK. According to a 2017 poll less than 50% of the population is religious now


They are commonly called the nones.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:04 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Maybe. To be honest, I believe that in the grand scheme of things religious discussions are irrelevant as the only way we can find out whether afterlife exists or not is only after we die (at least for now). However, my main issue with religion is its trend to stigmatise all those who do not follow...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:59 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Agnostic Atheist (former Eastern Orthodox Christian). As a rule, I do not care about the beliefs of individuals so long as they do not use them as an excuse to infringe on other people's rights and/or establish a theocracy (e.g. Iran, Saudi Arabia). Agnostic atheism is also sometimes called weak at...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:56 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Kombinita Socialisma Demokratio wrote:I consider myself a Christian, Protestant, United Methodist. I am also an agnostic theist (although I have been an agnostic atheist many times). Although (some) others who consider themselves Christians consider me a cultist and/or deist.


Why a cultist?
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:47 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Such one upmanship wasn't uncommon among Buddhist sects, but it has little to do with the relationship between Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto believed in the existence of the soul, an underworld similar to Hades or Sheol, and normally the supremacy of the sun goddess Amaterasu. In contrast Buddhism do...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:36 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

They've been pretty much indefinitely suspended by the Eastern Orthodox Church. As one Russian bishops said "You can't have a dialogue when the other side has committed suicide." The overwhelming opinion on our side of the dialogue is that the Anglican Communion is too far gone on theolog...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:05 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

I'm Anglican as we speak, though I think that will change in the not-so-distant future. My direct family is going Russian Orthodox, and I suppose I'm going to go with them. There have been on-again off-again merger talks between the Anglican Communion and the Eastern Orthodox Church for some time n...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:03 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

United Muscovite Nations wrote:Welcome to the club!


I enjoyed the OCA (Russian Orthodox) church service I attended, including the people I met, but I sometimes wished I could sit down more often. :lol2:
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:00 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

There have been tensions between Shinto and Buddhism historically though, despite the blend. This is one reason that the theory was proposed that Shinto kami were manifestations of Buddhas and bodhisattva, and was later inverted to where Buddhas, bodhisattva, and Indian deities were manifestations ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:59 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

United Islamic Commonwealth wrote:The same could be said for most East Asian religions. Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Confucianism, folk religions, etc.


Yes.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:08 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

By his family and fans yes. In Japan the dead are worshipped by their decedents although for most people its done by a Buddhist altar while for the Emperor and his family and Shinto priests it will likely be a shrine. Death and after dead is normally handled by Buddhism Yes, in Japan, a common answ...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:39 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Ratateague wrote:Weird. You'd think there'd be less insistence and stubborness in the tradition and more openness and willingness to learn and share. And here I am trying to figure this out on my own. :lol:


Part of it may have been linguistic confusion. His mother tongue was Italian, and he was speaking in English.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:26 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Ratateague wrote:Ignosticism / Religious Naturalism / Madhyamaka Buddhism


I recently came across someone who insisted that Madhyamaka Buddhism and Maha Madhyamaka Buddhism were two different traditions. I pointed out that maha is simply a Sanskrit word for great.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:43 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Martian Alliance wrote:Where's Pastafarian?


I originally included Pastafarianism, Discordianism, and Church of the SubGenius under the category of fictional religions. I later decided to replace that category with Sikhism. I was limited to 10 options.
by Democratic Communist Federation
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:41 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

I don't think it would be accurate to say that the Emperor was "worshiped" as a god. Certainly he was believed to be a living god, arahitogami, which goes back to the Kojiki . But this status didn't keep him from being assassinated, imprisoned, or otherwise mistreated throughout the histo...
by Democratic Communist Federation
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:56 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: What is Your Religion (not your nation’s)?
Replies: 333
Views: 5817

Iyanden wrote:The religion exists with various gods such as the goddess of the sun, the god of thunder etc., also people are still free to worship the emperor if they wish its no longer a state funded belief however and its gone out of fashion.


IC. Ty.
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