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View Poll Results: Religiosity Poll
You deny the existence of a higher intelligence. (Atheist) 26 22.81%
You have no opinion on whether there is a higher intelligence or not. (Agnostic) 16 14.04%
You believe in a higher intelligence but do not attend any place of worship regularly. 46 40.35%
You attend a place of worship on a regular basis and often(ie once at least once a week). 26 22.81%
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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Question Are you religious?

I've always presumed that the Weight Gain Community has few religious members. However it would be interesting to find out for sure.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:28 PM   #2
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Your definition of agnosticism is flawed. Agnostics believe there is not enough substantial evidence to prove or disprove the existence of God, or a higher power. We certainly have an opinion on the matter.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:32 PM   #3
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I'm not religious. I'm fatlane. Religious hasn't posted in, like, ages.
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Where's the box for "atheist but loves to listen to Jack Van Impe late at night and will probably convert on the deathbed when it REALLY matters"?

And that guy above isn't Fatlane, only Fatlane would have a real avatar.....maybe he is religious. Looks like a religious avatar to me. Real existential-like.
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Your definition of agnosticism is flawed. Agnostics believe there is not enough substantial evidence to prove or disprove the existence of God, or a higher power. We certainly have an opinion on the matter.
If you do not have enough information to form a conclusion on a subject how can you have an opinion on it? You have an opinion on whether or not there is enough substantial evidence or not, but you have no opinion on whether or not there is a higher intelligence due to your answer to that question. Whether there is enough substantial evidence to prove the existence of a higher intelligence is a closely related question but different to the one I have asked.
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In any event your assumption that this community is essentially non-religious is proving to be flawed by the survey - as well as by the vigor of periodic discussions on religious-related topics. We have numerous members of various faiths here, as well as those whose faith is science or in themselves..
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In any event your assumption that this community is essentially non-religious is proving to be flawed by the survey - as well as by the vigor of periodic discussions on religious-related topics. We have numerous members of various faiths here, as well as those whose faith is science or in themselves..
Firstly, if you saw a poll in a newspaper with less than 20 responses would you even consider trusting it? No one in their right mind would, because a sample this small proves nothing except for the views of the first people to respond. Until there are many more responses it not even close to scientific.

Secondly, I did not place the poll in this board, which I consider outside the Weight Gain Community as many people who are not in it take part in the discussions here. I have appealed to have it moved back to the weight board, because that is the only board where it makes sense to ask a question specifically to the Weight Gain Community. For the Dimensions community in general you may be correct, but that is not contrary to what I stated in my initial post.

Only if this poll is returned to the Weight Board can it prove something.
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Why have you presumed that?

I personally am metaphysical undecided, but I think that figuring out a belief system that more or less defines right, wrong, and the true nature of the universe is a decision that merits some deliberation.
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I'm nominally religious. I get to church once a month if I go.
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Can we get the thread moved to Hyde Park if we start naming who's gonna burn in hell?

I'm pretty sure Mini's goin' to hell, as he look-a-like th' debbull in his picter.
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Can we get the thread moved to Hyde Park if we start naming who's gonna burn in hell?

I'm pretty sure Mini's goin' to hell, as he look-a-like th' debbull in his picter.
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Well, you may already be there, what with them flames in the background.
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Thread hijack detector activated - this poll is now back on the board where its creator intended, so please play nice.

I would llike to know why the poll creator feels those who frequent the weight gain forum would differ greatly in their religious beliefs from he Dimensions general community or society in general?

And with 24 responses (four above your stipulation) at this writing the initial exit poll trends of earlier are holding firm. That is why I was willing to project when I did - incomin data conformed within acceptable deviation to expectations.

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I am very grateful that my poll is back on the Weight Board.
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I would be interested in an answer to that question, too. Danny?
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Perhaps my presumption is incorrect, but it seemed on the rare occasion religion has come up on this board that arguments have been very one sided. Someone, I think it may have been Ned, stated that a board which was sexual in nature, such as the Weight Board, a place to discuss weight gain fantasies, would be an odd place for religious types to frequent.

Please take into account as well that a few votes were made by people who may not be part of this community as this thread was sitting on the "Lounge" board for a little while.
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Ned is entitled to his opinon.

Actually Jesus was quite the gourmet. His first miracle was turning water into wine. On the day before his crucifixion he held a supper for His disciples. Churches ever since have been having potlucks and fellowship breakfasts. He was called a winebibber and a glutton by His critics. On two occasions He perfomed miracles that fed thousands and no one went away hungry - making him arguably a most benificent type of feeder.

So why would His followers be uncomfortable here? I'm not.
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In response to the poll, none of the above. I've seen all those terms and been round and round the dichotomies they represent before. In my view, those forms of language aren't up to the job. Right, now I'll read the thread!
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Actually Jesus was quite the gourmet. His first miracle was turning water into wine. On the day before his crucifixion he held a supper for His disciples. Churches ever since have been having potlucks and fellowship breakfasts. He was called a winebibber and a glutton by His critics. On two occasions He perfomed miracles that fed thousands and no one went away hungry - making him arguably a most benificent type of feeder.

So why would His followers be uncomfortable here? I'm not.
In my last post when I said "religious types" I meant someone who frequents a place of worship at least once a week or the type who abstain from sex till marriage. But so far in this poll there seems to be a fair few I consider very religious anyway.
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I don't think fatlane ever hi-jacks. He throws subtle light and shade on the issue with the cunning use of childishness.
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In response to the poll, none of the above. I've seen all those terms and been round and round the dichotomies they represent before. In my view, those forms of language aren't up to the job. Right, now I'll read the thread!
I know not everything can be properly categorized into these groupings, such as pantheism, some Buddhist sects and many others, but I was worried about over complicating the poll and confusing people.
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...and when talking about the meaning of life we would hate to do either of these things, of course! I'm going to butt out now, as if I do there's a chance you'll get some answers in the form you're looking for...
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Your definition of agnosticism is flawed. Agnostics believe there is not enough substantial evidence to prove or disprove the existence of God, or a higher power. We certainly have an opinion on the matter.
I totally agree... Agnosticism is certainly not the absence of an opinion...

Maybe its better described as an absence of faith..? or perhaps being genuinely open-minded...

I would consider myself agnostic, i.e. I dont have a belief but I also dont think that belief (either Atheist belief or Religious belief) is ridiculous, or that I would rule either out if my perspective of the world and faith were to change...

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I feel like I have "made my peace with God" a long time ago even though I gave up the religion itself.
To the OP, I actually attended two different churches as a girl/teen in the southeastern USA (bible belt). I hold onto a belief in a higher power, mainly the God I was taught to believe in, but do not embrace any religion or practices (outside of prayer or meditation).
I have been chubby to fat since puberty. Do you think the fat acceptance community is "godless" because you see a lot of democrat/liberals on here? That seems like a slanted/misinformed basis for an opinion if that is the case.
I voted/sided with the democrats even during my religious spell. I know a married couple who are both Ministers that are Democrats, too.
Please correct me if my ponderings about your thought processes are wrong.
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