Matt tagged me with a new meme he’s trying to start:
what religions do you find most interesting apart from your own? Would
you pick one of the major world religions? Say Islam, or Buddhism, or
Hinduism or Judaism? Or would you pick something more obscure, like
Wicca or Taosim or Rastafarianism or Gnosticism? Would you pick
irreligion, say Atheism or Agnosticism? Or if you’re not Christian,
would you say Christianity?
To participate, state your own religion (or irreligion) as your first
preference, state the other religions that interest you most as your
second and third preferences, then pass onto five others. If you’re
feeling brave, say why they interest you.
So here are my choices:
Orthodox Christianity (and to a lesser degree, Roman Catholocism and those Protestant denominations that still have strong “high church” elements in their worship/liturgy. What can I say? My friend Julio got me fascinated. After he read my essay explaining the concept of mystery using baptism as an example, he pointed out just how close I came to the actual Orthodox teachings on Baptism. (He also shared my essay with his priest, who purportedly commented that I’m “really Orthodox and just don’t know it yet.) My exploration of my current path has given me a great appreciation for liturgy, and something I now feel was sorely missing and undervalued while growing up Baptist and during my stint in a Pentecostal church.
Wicca. Now this may surprise some people (it’ll come as no shock to others). Some might even think this isn’t entirely a fair answer. But remember, I don’t consider myself Wiccan. Also, bear in mind that I tend to use a rather narrow definition of the word Wicca on this blog. The Wicca I’m talking about fascinates me because it has some strong similarities to the relatiosnship I have with Freyja. Also, I love the interplay between traditionalism and creativity that can be found among many of its adherents, providing you take the time to actually get to know them.
Voudun, Santeria, and the other African Diasporic relgions. I find their understanding of the Loa and Orishas to be fascinating and far more in line with my own beliefs about my gods than most other concepts of deity. I also find the strong animistic, shamanistic, and even tribalistic elements of these faiths to be very invigorating.