Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal to you?  Would you try to upgrade your holidays?

If you left Mormonism and went to any other religion, what would it be? (choose up to three)

  • Agnosticism (30%, 34 Votes)
  • Community of Christ - like Mormonism but more progressive. (25%, 29 Votes)
  • Unitarian (18%, 21 Votes)
  • Atheism (18%, 21 Votes)
  • Buddhism (17%, 20 Votes)
  • Catholicism (12%, 14 Votes)
  • One of the protestant sects (specify below) (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Judaism - get back to the roots of the whole thing. (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Orthodox Christian (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Other restoration church (e.g. 7th Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness) (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Hinduism (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Islam (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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14 Responses to Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

  1. Bruce on June 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    None of the above. I would be a Gnostic in the old Valentinian way. I’d be alone but happy in the truth.

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  2. Nick Literski on June 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Interesting to see the choices you offered up in your poll. I already did resign from the LDS church, and my spiritual path isn’t actually one of those you listed. Oh—-and there are religions older than Judaism. :-)

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  3. SteveS on June 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Episcopal Church.

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  4. Justin on June 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?

    I guess I’d continue to be a tribal Mormon anarchist [which wasn't an option to vote for]. It’d be about the same, just without the church meetings with unrelated believers in Christ — only our tribal meetings at home among the family.

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  5. Ben Shideler on June 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I think some sort of metaphysical paganism

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  6. Geoff A on June 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I think home life as way to God. No need for a religion to help us find God.

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  7. Hedgehog on June 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Anglican.
    I love the idea of a liturgical calender. I adore the music.
    And well, it’s just so English. So I’d feel culturally at home, at least. Which I don’t, sadly, at the moment.
    Because, you know, all those British converts who emigrated, that doesn’t actually make Britain an extension of Utah, funnily enough, for all we seem to be treated as though we are….

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  8. Brian on June 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I sent my resignation in on Friday. I find myself agnostic, unable to trust. I have read Dawkins, Harris, Hutchins and Dennett. Their certainty is as unsettling to me as is the certainty of believers. Don’t know. Don’t claim to know.

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  9. Jenn on June 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    We love our Unitarian church. It’s been the perfect rebound church while we sorted out what we really believe.

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  10. Justin on June 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I have a non-LDS friend who went around reviewing churches in an attempt to find herself a new church home a while back and blogged about her experiences in some posts called “In Search of a New Church Home”.

    Anyway — she visited a Unitarian Universalist church [that post here] and it was, by far, her most viewed post. So I guess that church has a pretty high appeal.

    Also, most disaffected LDS I know personally have all gone the Buddhist route as they’ve been phasing out of the church. I’m sure it’s a good break from the rule-based righteousness feeling you get as a Mormon. So I was surprised to see that Buddhism didn’t get as many votes.

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  11. Roger on June 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I guess I’d retreat to some form of primitive New Testament Christianity with universalist Baha’i overtones. I do crave majestic choral pieces of music. So I’d probably sit out on the patio, reading and listening to CDs

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  12. katie88 on June 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I would become an evangelical Christian, and in many ways I already feel I am. The “born again” movement resonates with me, particularly their emphasis on grace, faith in Jesus Christ, and love of God. I particularly like Joyce Meyer and find that her Biblical teachings and emphasis on worshipping God and knowing Him speaks to my soul.

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  13. Syphax on June 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Orthodox. Perhaps unsurprisingly.

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  14. Sydney on June 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Being from the southern part of the United States, I think that I would choose to be Baptist. Many of my friends when I lived in Alabama were Baptist, and I noticed and had a lot of respect for the way that these people treated their fellow men, regardless of what their religion was. I also think that their hymns are so beautiful and contribute to a great spiritual environment, without being boring. Mormon hymns are too slow.

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