What religion are you? 

A look at your own beliefs may surprise you

I've always considered myself in the broad category of being non-religious. I was raised in what one would call a fairweather Christian family-only visiting church for weddings, deaths, Easter or when visiting the much more Christian grandparents on a Sunday. Throughout my formative years, I sought elightenment through newly discovered religions, meditation, and even the mind-enhancing effects of substances like beer. My journey educated me to the philisophical ways of many religions, but none appealed to me. I have come to believe in my own ways, my own ideas about the world, my own supreme being, if one exists.

When I found a web site that determines what religion best fits my own personal philosophy of the world, I was intrigued. How could it hurt? My own personal belief system wouldn't send me to hell for questioning the all-powerful Oz. Would it? It was worth a try. So I went to www.speakout.com/ActivismTools/selectors/religion/ and took their quiz.

Expecting to be told I was a devout agnostic, I was surprised to discover my beliefs had something else in store for me. Religions and beliefs I had little experience with.

The site recommended I become (in order of importance) a Theravada Buddhist, Unitarian Universalist, Neo-Pagan, Humanist, Mahayana Buddhist, Liberal Quaker, New Age practitioner, Taoist, Atheist/Agnostic or an Orthodox Quaker. One it didn't recommend that I think I'll continue being a follower of is a beer in one hand and a fishing pole in the other.

-Bingo Barnes

The World's top 10 Religions

Christianity33%

Islam20%

Non-religious15%

Hinduism13%

Buddhism6%

Athiests4%

Chinese Folk Religions4%

New Asian Religions2%

Tribal, Animism2%

Source: U.S. Center for World Mission

The top 10 religions in the U.S.

Christianity76.5%

Nonreligious/Secular13.2%

Judaism1.3%

Islam.05%

Buddhism.05%

Agnostic.05%

Atheist.04%

Hinduism.04%

Unitarian Universalist.03%

Wiccan/Pagan/Druid.01%

Spiritualist<.01%

American Religious Identification Survey, 2001 study.

Top 10 Christian

denominations in U.S.

Catholic24.5%

Baptist16.3%

Methodist/Wesleyan6.8%

Lutheran4.6%

Presbyterian2.7%

Pentecostal/Charismatic2.1%

Episcopalian/Anglican1.7%

Latter-day Saints/Mormon1.3%

Churches of Christ1.2%

Congregational/

United Church of Christ0.7%

American Religious Identification Survey, 2001 study.

Idaho's Religious Makeup

Protestant39%

(Methodist6%)

(Lutheran4%)

(Baptists4%)

LDS30%

Non-Religious*13%

Roman Catholic12%

Other Christian2%

Other Religions1%

Wikipedia.com

*Western states are typically more tolerant of non-religious practitioners than the Midwest and South according to a recent PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life research study.

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