Aug 14, 2012 at 03:11AM EDT
Sorry for leaving the discussion unattended. I tried to put off writing TL;DR for as long as possible and I completely forgot about your post, buried with the others.
Religion has sort of fallen to the wayside after the secularization of society in the 20th century. Along with the growing number of atheists, even proclaimed followers often don’t actively practice their faiths, as you said. The only discussion you get about it nowadays is “Is religion wrong/bad/lies?” which inevitably brings forth impassioned calls for faith, atheist extremists, trolls, and shitstorms. It’s not really a topic that people discuss these days- not taboo, just ignored. Many adult Christians I know go to church maybe two times a year, during Christmas and Easter. Within my peer group it’s even lower.
As for myself, I’m sort of an agnostic theist, in that I believe that there probably is some sort of God or divine being, but I don’t know, and will never be able to know, the extent of his or her powers and sway over the modern world. My family follows this weird hybrid of Buddhism and Catholicism, in which Jesus/God takes over the absent role of a central deity (or at least, to my knowledge) but the rest of our beliefs are largely Buddhist. And even this is mostly in name, as we don’t practice, aside from having the obligatory crucifixes and Buddha statues around my parents’ house.
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