Your level of religious belief & why I'm intending for this to be pretty simple: you post what level of religious belief you personally have and why. I'd rather nobody make too many critical comments on others or religion in general. Perhaps "I was in that stage, but then moved to this one because..." would be useful, but much else would better fit in a thread intended for discussion and debate. The purpose is to get a little more understanding of why people believe what they do. Examples (No need to go by my examples, but I think a general numerical scale is helpful): 10 - Complete belief - Whichever religion you believe in is absolutely correct to every letter of your religious texts and you believe in it absolutely. 8 - Strong belief - My religion is mostly true, although the texts shouldn't be taken literally. 6 - Weak belief - I think my religion is probably true, but there are a lot of things in it I don't believe. 5 - Participation without real belief - I like going to religious gatherings (such as church) and take my children, but I don't really believe in it. 4 - Weak disbelief - I don't really believe in any religion, but parts of one or many of them make a lot of sense to me. 2 - Strong disbelief - I don't believe in any organized religions at all, although personal spiritual beliefs are fine. 0 - Complete disbelief - There is nothing at all out there, even spiritual feelings of awe and wonder at nature are hormones sloshing around. It's kind of hard excluding it to belief levels. I was putting in examples like "you'd go to church if you Grandma wanted you to" and "you think religion is harmful to humanity," but those really don't describe a level of belief but other related emotions. Even saying something like how strongly you belief is rather messy. You could be around 4 and still strongly believe that you are correct, or you could be a 4 and think it's very likely you're wrong but you're not sure which way is right. I'm a 0-2. I think all religions are completely untrue, and even the weak spiritual feelings, while nice (I love being out in nature), aren't related to anything bigger. Years of studying multiple religions and religion itself have been part of it. However, being scientific, if someone proved a religion was true, I'd believe in it (even if I didn't particularly like it because the god(s) are really cruel, it would be reality). About the highest I think I ever was would be about 5; I went to church as a kid, but even then, while I though Christianity was possible, I never actually thought it was likely. I remember trying to set up a tape recorder to see if Santa was real, but I never did anything like that for God. My mother was fairly religious (made us go to church, Sunday School, memorize the books of the Bible), but my father, while never saying anything against religion, was obviously not religious at all (he didn't go to church or pray with us at our evening meal). Also, my siblings and I were all raised to be very scientific, i.e., don't believe something without good evidence. Your turn. And remember, try to only post your beliefs, not attack others. And "I belief in Islam/Buddhism/etc because Christianity/Hinduism/atheism/etc is stupid," for example, while it may be your belief, is also attacking others; try to keep it nice so others will participate.