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If someone on the street asked your religion what would you answer (read details)

My mother said that she doesn't understand why Pagans simply answer Pagan when asked what religion they are. She said Christian's don't do this... And she didn't understand that there are different "paths" within the Pagan title because of this. However, I have heard many people of many different Christian denominations say they were Christian, most I have come across don't clerify between Baptist and Methodist.. They just say Christian. And same with Pagans, you don't hear most say they are Thelemic or Astatru they just usually say Pagan...

What do you think? When someone askes you do you generalize by saying Pagan or Christian (or whatever) or do you get path specific?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 5:25 PM on Sep. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • For me I am an Eclectic Pagan Witch ... And I usually just say Pagan, but because I do not follow a spacific path, I figure it's just easier than Eclectic Pagan Witch, which is a mouth full...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:26 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I would say " Why would ask me something like that & is it any of your business"?

    Answer by mommorgan at 5:28 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I dont get specific. I dont force my belief on someone else unlike most of the religions that will ask me my opinion on it and then tell me im going to hell if i dont convert.


    Answer by Luckybear05 at 5:29 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Depends on who asked. If it's someone who wouldn't know a Wiccan from a Buddhist I just say Heathen, knowing full well half of the time they'll think I mean "godless" because they don't know any better. If it's someone actually asking because they're interested I'll rattle off the whole Universalist Reconstructionist Germanic Heathen. And if it's someone I know is a rabid Christian (especially if it's one of the other mom's at the kid's school) I'll say something vague about how we don't haven't really gone since we've moved here aside from the wedding.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:30 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I simply respond with atheist, if they wish to know more they will ask.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:33 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Ive never been asked except on CM LOL.

    If I was asked odds are good(around my town anyway)they'd ask what church we went to and Id just say none because we arent christian.

    If they pursued what I was after that Id say my spirituality is eclectic or eclectic Wiccan.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 5:34 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • i tell them i am muslim. if they ask if im sunni. sufi or shia. I say sunni. if they ask me if i am islamic, i tell them i follow the religion of islam and i am called a muslim not islamic.

    Answer by Aasiyah at 5:35 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I tell them I'm Catholic. If I were to ask somebody that it wouldn't be randomly, something would spark the discussion and lead it to that point and I tend to think that I would want to know their specific denomination or what exactly their religion is.

    Answer by whittear at 5:39 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I keep it simple. I just say I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 5:39 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I'd answer that I'm not religious.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 5:43 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

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