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Old 08-02-2010, 05:36 AM
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and if something like standing in an asparagus patch reciting the Pledge of Allegiance would help, them I'm all for it.
I thought it was a potato patch and singing yankee doodle at night under the light of a full moon:-)

Funny bamboozle, I was raised agnostic/atheist always believed in God, started asking a lot of questions and ended up in church. However there are a lot of churches I can't stomach:-)

The only thing I have no tolerance for is intolerance.
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Hello. I don't know much of anything. I'm pretty much a [email protected]
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I'm an atheist. I've never personally found much use for religion in any aspect of my life, and getting sober is no different.
I prefer to focus on the reasons why I quit, and the many benefits of being sober.
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Hi damiank. Your more than welcome to hang out on secular side of SoberRecovery if you like.
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Originally Posted by MTWildflower View Post
If there is some kind of higher power or force out there, I like to think of it as taking away the part of me that says "I can't do this" and leaving me with the part that says "I can."
I liken a HP to a Higher Potentiality that I inherently have. Tapping into my higher self and allowing its expression out into the world around me is one of my recovery goals.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:03 AM
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Just took the belief quiz...I am a humanist..no suprise there! That said am I to assume AA will not work for me??? There are NO other alternatives in my area for face to face meetings. What doyou other Humanist's use for support in your recovery (besides SR that is)
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:31 AM
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So far (day 33) what has worked for me is what I've gleaned off the internet concerning scientific research on alcoholism and withdrawal as well as reading the success and failure stories here on SR. That's been enough to sustain me so far, so I haven't felt a need for face to face support. That may come in the future, I don't know.

I've heard here on SR that some AA groups can be pretty open minded when it comes to people not believing in a single god. Maybe you could give your local group a try if you feel a need for face to face contact?

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:18 AM
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I second Murray, there are people who seem to be open minded about not believing in an HP at the start of your sobriety. I would look for them if you feel the need for face to face support.

While I understand the need for f2f, I think there is a risk there in getting sucked into other people's problems, which I why I like SR so much. For me, right now, it gives me what I need.

BTW, where is that quiz Zen? I would like to take it:-)
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:36 AM
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I'm pretty sure this is the one I took to discover there was such a thing called Secular Humanism;

Belief-O-Matic- Beliefnet.com

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Old 08-05-2010, 12:21 PM
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Yup..that is the one I took..nice to have a "name" for my belief system!
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:30 PM
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LOL...it figures...I'm crazy (I mean from Neo-Pagan to Reform Judaism in one step!!!) and I'm probably going to Hell

1. Neo-Pagan (100%) - Nothing against the Wiccans, but not sure how I got 100%
2. Reform Judaism (94%)
3. New Age (91%) - New Age Christian would probably be closest.
4. Sikhism (91%) - Probably because I believe in Reincarnation
5. Unitarian Universalism (89%)
6. Baha'i Faith (81%)
7. Liberal Quakers (81%)
8. New Thought (77%)
9. Orthodox Judaism (76%) - I can see Reform, but Orthodox????
10. Scientology (75%) - I might be crazy but not this crazy!!!
11. Jainism (70%) - I've never even heard of this????
12. Mahayana Buddhism (70%)
13. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
14. Hinduism (67%)
15. Islam (66%) - Never in a million years
16. Theravada Buddhism (58%)
17. Orthodox Quaker (55%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (53%)
19. Taoism (49%)
20. Secular Humanism (46%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (42%)
22. Eastern Orthodox (39%)
23. Roman Catholic (39%)
24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (32%)
25. Nontheist (30%)
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:07 PM
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My top three were Secular Humanism, Unitarian Universalism, and Liberal Quakers.

Hey LaFemme...if you slide on over to Secular Humanism you won't go to hell, because it doesn't exist over here

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Old 08-05-2010, 01:16 PM
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Looks like I have a better chance of ending up with the Unitarians and the Quakers:-)

But my Momma always said, "Hell is where all the fun people go!"
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:19 PM
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I had to look up Jainism, it's a pretty obscure Indian sect that sounds a little like an esoteric version of Hinduism.

I just love how I am all over the place...LOL.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:44 PM
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I am not much into finding and -ism to call myself, but my top five were:


1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)

2. Theravada Buddhism (87%)

3. Hinduism (83%)

4. Taoism (83%)

5. Unitarian Universalism (82%)

"If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him."
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:40 PM
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At least you were pretty consistent;-)
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:36 PM
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I guess I have hitting the books on eastern wisdom traditions pretty hard over the past few years, 'though I doubt I'll be planting a bodhi tree anytime soon.

Of course calling yourself a neo-pagen Jew probably would be a good conversation starter. Perhaps you should give it a try next time someone asks.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:55 PM
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Of course calling yourself a neo-pagen Jew probably would be a good conversation starter.
My eight year old daughter just asked what was so funny to make me laugh...where do I start!!??!!

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:13 PM
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Interesting.

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (90%)
3. Liberal Quakers (76%)
4. Nontheist (68%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (63%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (61%)
7. Neo-Pagan (58%)
8. New Age (50%)
9. Taoism (45%)
10. Reform Judaism (44%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (42%)
12. Mahayana Buddhism (39%)
13. Scientology (37%)
14. New Thought (34%)
15. Sikhism (31%)
16. Baha'i Faith (29%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (27%)
18. Jainism (24%)
19. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (23%)
20. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (15%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (15%)
22. Hinduism (13%)
23. Jehovah's Witness (13%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (12%)
25. Islam (12%)
26. Orthodox Judaism (12%)
27. Roman Catholic (12%)
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