Do you ever miss the religious life?
Sometimes. I was raised Mormon and the sense of community is really strong, losing it was a lonely experience. Also living in Iowa as I do I'm pretty much surrounded by the faithful so it's difficult to find a non-religious group of people to hang out with.
I don't miss religion at all.
What I do miss is hte sense o community and sense of belonging, which in my opinion is the real motivation for most people belonging to a religion.
Most people stay in religion, not because of strong beliefs, but because they fear losing their sense of community and belonging, and they also fer how others will view them if they leave.
I think this is one of the most provocative questions here.
I miss the simplicity of the religious reasoning ("God is all forgiving" etc. etc.) but realise that coming to terms with our own existence is a struggle and rightly so. I shall die happy knowing that I delved into every aspect of life (philosophy, religion, science etc.) in order to develop an informed and personal opinion. It's been hard, without a doubt, but it's a better result than BLIND faith.
This is an interesting and consequential question as, I firmly believe that many who would not claim to be agnostic or atheist, are resistant because of the fear of losing the rituals and community that religion provides. So, they go through the motions and avoid the self-reflection that one must go through to reach this epiphany.I still sang in the church choir, long after I stopped attending mass, and no one seemed to mind much.
Well, that question evokes a mixed bag of answers for me. My father was a minister for 30 years, so I grew up with church being the center of my life. I'm not sure that I was ever really completely sold on the idea of God..I know I'd certainly given up on it by the time I was in high school...but I do sometimes miss the belonging and the traditions, the church culture in general and the rhythm of the year based on bible school and christmas plays, etc. I have a certain childhood nostalgia for it all at times.
But the other part of me...the closeted little bisexual son of a preacher who wasted many adult years coming to terms with toxic shame and isolation and rejection from my family and community...doesn't miss it at all. All the Hallmark sentiments aside, I would never choose to go back to the homophobia, misogyny and racism that I grew up in. I don't mean to be cliche, but it's complicated. LOL On the one hand, I feel as though church culture was toxic for me. On the other hand, I have warm, cherished childhood memories that aren't easily separated from the church and religion that dictated our lives back then.
No even as young child child I was ask for various forms of proof for the claims religion made...often it was just plattitueds at other ties it was veil threats that how I dre ask the mind of god..Well if nt mine who;s job is it question it...no I don't miss close minded ppl at all