No way. There is absolutely nothing I miss about hanging out with the brainwashed dogmatic hypocrites that form most of the church. Church music sucks and I can get a good enough coffee and donuts at Starbucks! I definitely don't miss sitting through pointless sermons and wasting all that precious time praying for nothing. Honestly, I'm still pissed that in this finite life I had to waste so much of it on religion. I think I probably spend as much time now rallying against religion as I did participating in it due to the anger I feel at being indoctrinated and lied to in the most foundational years of my life. I don't want others to have deal with this rubbish if I can possibly help them avoid it in any way. I dream of a secular society.
My love of music, I guess, probably originated in church when I was very young. I greatly enjoy music, but I have come to abhor most religious music.... particularly the "modern" Christian rock and can't help but think that a lot of the Christian rockstars are singing all the way to the bank because God has been so good to them.
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.
not at all. I have found my post belief life to be so much more fulfilling and enjoyable. I can now be open to learning about science without some type of mental restrictions. Evolution, astronomy - all things I can enjoy learning about without the lens of mythology.
I was never religious; I grew up in a non-religious household, but had brief periods of time occassionally attending church/church camp growing up so I could be with school friends (such as Sunday morning after sleepovers). I was not down for the religious aspects of it, ever, but I was, and still am, kind of envious of the built-in community aspect. It seems much easier to find an established community based on religion than any other shared interest/activity.
I still attend funerals and weddings many of which are held in churches so I don't miss much of the community aspect of a religious life because I still participate. When I get up on Sunday morning and realize I am facing a full day of freedom I feel very content.
I don't miss the religion, but the community was nice most of the time. It was comforting knowing that you could always count on someone if anything came up. Events (other than church and bible study) tended to be fun. Basically, if I had to say the one thing that was hard about leaving religion, is losing all the people who locked me out of their life because they couldn't accept my lack of belief. Discovering that most of me friendships were based on such weak bonds was difficult accept.