Today I did a Christian thing.
I have a Christian friend and he invited me together with another (atheist) friend to go to a church evening.
It started with mass, then dinner, then some workshop, then prayer, and then drinking. It was really quite an incredible and interesting experience. Of course I just kinda sat there during mass, and during prayer I was meditating instead of praying, but it still really left an impression. I've never been to mass before, and I've never seen people pray either.
It also completely changed my views on Christianity. At first I thought that religion was pointless because of all the culture behind it, as well as the fact it's so centered around humanity. And that while the existence of God is definitely not impossible (not in the Christian sense, in a philosophical sense), I did not see any reason to worship it. Now I feel like I can understand their whole motive behind it all, and I feel like I have some idea of what God is to Christians, and why they have all the humongous amount of tradition and rituals.
The people at the church were also really nice, and weren't pushing their religion on us either.
In terms of life experience I would definitely recommend doing this.
If you're quite curious enough, maybe you might want to take up theology at some point? To me, learning about other religion is still very valuable, even if I'm already believe in one. In any case, it's an interesting thing, and I'm quite a curious person.
I'm non-religious myself, but I truly find religion fascinating, as history is pretty much rooted in it.
Around here, I always get the same door to door knocker that preaches about Christianity, he swings by every few months telling me a little bit more about the bible each time.
Next time, he'll tell me why there are so many different languages despite Adam and Eve (not you, Eve) being the start of humankind. I promised myself not to google the answer, as I'm kind of looking forward to it.
I already know actually, but I won't spoil it for you. I think it's what he's going to say. Maybe you'll remember to bring this up again and I can confirm which tale it is.
bowei, while you do say that you don't advocate the Christian vs atheism thing, or even theism vs atheism, the way you address their sacred books and their ideals borders on disrespect, if not outright.Sure, I guess I can assume you meant good with that, but maybe not others, and I worry that this 'others' might be some mod or something.