The Friday Five, for once. This one's interesting.
- Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
Big sister and I were shuttled to and from church until I decided I was old enough to object to church and stay home, and that wasn't met with any great opposition. Getting baptised was met with hefty opposition. So technically I was kind of raised Christian, but I was also raised to be very superstitious. Ladders, the colour green, Vauxhall cars, all manner of stuff was unlucky, and some of the things that were allegedly lucky were downright frightening.
- Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
Yup. Having ditched it at least twice, it still comes back as making too much sense to walk away from.
- What do you think happens after death?
Hmm. I think you're "on hold" for an indeterminate amount of time you don't even notice until you get resurrected. Like getting anaesthetised ("How long does this stuff take to work?" "About ten seconds" "So it should kick in about now then? Oh wait. I think I missed something").
- What is your favourite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
Church anniversary picnic, and homegroup games nights. Especially other people's homegroups. The women's group has yet to organise a specifically social thingy. I have to go there because the men's group meets in my house and I may as well do something productive when I get kicked out.
- Do you believe people are basically good?
No, people basically suck. See previous post for details.
Not that people have no intrinsic value, or that we are incapable of doing anything good (nope, no Calvinists here), but our first tendency often isn't the good one, and one look at a magazine rack shows we have serious issues with working out what's good, evil, unhealthy, and high in saturated fat.