I thought it might be fun/interesting to have a thread for everyone to explain what religion they belong to or what type of spirituality you have. Or you can just comment on the generalities of those two things. I'll start off. I was raised Catholic. My mom and her side of the family was Catholic and my dad was pretty much nothing (meaning didn't go to church and wasn't outwardly spiritual). I went to Catholic school from K-12. My high school was an all boys school, which was not cool. Towards the end of high school I began to find church useless and repetitive. Going off to college meant I wasn't pressured into going by my family. So as of now I don't consider myself a Catholic. I hesitate to even call myself a Christian, mostly because I don't like all of the church related stuff. I think the basic message of Jesus is great. Treat others well. And just try to be a good person. Very simple stuff. I just find anything but his teachings to be unneccesary. I'm guided as much by philosophy as I am Jesus. I really enjoyed talking philosophy (basic stuff, social/political, law) classes in college. I'm kind of a mutt in that area. I find a lot of different things appealing. Another reason I don't really consider myself a Christian is because I'm very much into politics. I find myself very drawn to guys like James Madison and other founding fathers who were deists. They really shaped my view of the world and our nation. So I'm pretty firm in my belief that religion and our gov't shouldn't mix because of the groundwork they layed. So to recap I'm basically a Deist, even though that term may be outdated. I'll stop rambling and get into specifics later.