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Monday, July 03, 2006

Question of the Day #50: Hypothetical

If you met a scientist with a "mind-control ray" who told you he was going to "zap" you and change you from an atheist/agnostic/skeptic into a religious person, but would give you the choice of the religion you would become, which one would you choose, and why?

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At 7/02/2006 8:07 PM, Blogger olly declaimed...

If I were forced to choose a religion, I think I'd probably choose some sort of natural/ancestor worship, since at the very least I'd be devoted to something that I could verify was true (i.e. nature, and my ancestors). Even that is terribly problematic for me, but it's better then any of the big theistic religions.


At 7/02/2006 9:23 PM, Blogger Boss Foxx declaimed...

Yikes. What a terrifying prospect to be brainwashed into being religious... again.

I haven't researched enough religions to really say for sure, so I'd probably just stick with the devil I know, so to speak, and go back to the ol' local Baptist church.

At 7/02/2006 9:44 PM, Blogger Hellbound Alleee declaimed...

Voodoo. Definitely voodoo. Lots of devils and bloody chickens, and freaky-ass trances. I'd make some big bucks where I am.

At 7/02/2006 10:22 PM, Blogger Babbler declaimed...

I don't know. I guess moderate liberal Protestantism, since it is the cultural milieu I grew up in.

At 7/03/2006 12:38 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I don't really care the religion- as long as I have the ability to pursue a monastic lifestyle. It's a curious trait of monks- unlike priests, who are primarily concerned with theological minutiae, monks from all religious contexts turn their thoughts inward, and find a close kinship with each other, no matter what their particular theological persuasion. I'd much rather be able to use my religion to make connections with others than to find ways to divide humanity.

At 7/03/2006 9:50 AM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

Solipsist, even though it's tough to organize. I'd start the First Church of "No you're not, I am!" We could sing hymns with titles like, "That's What You Think", and "Not By Me!", and "What a Friend I Made Up In Jesus!"

No starch please!

At 7/04/2006 6:03 AM, Blogger Blu_Matt declaimed...

I would beat him senseless with his own device.

At 7/04/2006 2:39 PM, Blogger jennifer declaimed...

As long as I can be individualistic and study consciousness... I'd say Buddhism. But only if I can't physically kick his ass first.

At 7/04/2006 4:38 PM, Blogger Vic declaimed...

One of those Koresh/Jim Jones types - people giving me free money and poontang, and then they all die when I lead them to doom. The world experiences a net loss of theists, theism is tained by yet another loony, and, of course, I get free money and poontang. Win-Win-Win all the way around.

Except for my followers, of course, but that puts them no worse off than if they stayed in their regular churches.

At 7/04/2006 8:45 PM, Blogger BlackSun declaimed...

Buddhism, it's the least destructive, and I've always wanted to find more time for meditation--I find it pleasurable and relaxing.

Recent Harvard research has shown that people who meditate regularly have less age-related degeneration of the cerebral cortex.

I could deal with that. The compassion/reincarnation guilt trip would be a drag. But oh well, this wasn't really a fair question anyway!



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