Can you believe in god and not be religious?

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For the longest time I’ve labelled myself as agnostic. However, recently I’ve wanted to open my heart to god, whomever that may be. I just don’t want to go through all of the church and religion stuff. Does this belief have a name?
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Kierkegaard managed. 'Religious' means to 're-bind', which traditionally meant to re-bind ties to the community, i.e. the community that believes the same thing as you. People like Kierkegaard would construe it as 're-binding' ties to God, without the trappings of organised religion.

Most people would now say 'spiritual but not religious', a phrase for which I have particular disdain.
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Isn't religion intertwined with god?
god has put forward ''rules'' which has been interpreted. This is called religion.
I feel like separating yourself from this is essentially a cop-out, wanting the comfort of believing in a god but not wanting to do the ''extra'' things.
But I understand this isn't a debate, so I believe it's called non-denominational.
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(Original post by yotsr123)
Isn't religion intertwined with god?
Not necessarily, no. This is a hotly contested thing in phil of religion even now.
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For the longest time I’ve labelled myself as agnostic. However, recently I’ve wanted to open my heart to god, whomever that may be. I just don’t want to go through all of the church and religion stuff. Does this belief have a name?
There's many people who believe in God and view themselves as religious, but they don't go to church or do 'religious stuff'. Religions/being religious refers to believing and 'worshipping' a God, but I think just believing in a God makes you religious.

In the dictionary under religious: "(of a belief or practice) forming part of someone's faith in a divine being." That says belief OR practice so you can have the belief without the practice. The main theme is believing in a God, whichever one you believe in.
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Not necessarily, no. This is a hotly contested thing in phil of religion even now.
I think it is. god has spoken which has been recorded into a book, which has been interpreted differently hence denominations. But to not be religious and still believe in god is to disregard entirely what god has instructed which is a ''sin'' right? Therefore it contradicts itself, it can't work....
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I think it is. god has spoken which has been recorded into a book, which has been interpreted differently hence denominations. But to not be religious and still believe in god is to disregard what god has instructed which is a ''sin'' right? Therefore it contradicts itself, it can't work....
There are religions that do not hinge on a god, so no, religion is not necessarily tied up with the idea of god.
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Regarding this, I think you’re right about the seeking comfort part (which helped me understand what I’ve been feeling so thanks 😊). However, with the religion part it’s mainly because I find myself disagreeing with the values religions with a god have. Also, thanks for finding the name for it.

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I feel like separating yourself from this is essentially a cop-out, wanting the comfort of believing in a god but not wanting to do the ''extra'' things.
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There are religions that do not hinge on a god, so no, religion is not necessarily tied up with the idea of god.
I should have referred that I'm talking about Christianity, and I think my point still stands.
There are as you said other religions that do not hinge on a god though.
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Of course, plenty of people are spiritual but irreligious.
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(Original post by yotsr123)
I should have referred that I'm talking about Christianity, and I think my point still stands.
There are as you said other religions that do not hinge on a god though.
Well, centuries of thinkers and millennia of mystic have shown that Christian belief etc. need not be bound by a church. I think we are answering slightly different questions.
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Well, centuries of thinkers and millennia of mystic have shown that Christian belief etc. need not be bound by a church. I think we are answering slightly different questions.
How so? (for both statements)
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(Original post by yotsr123)
How so? (for both statements)
Because they have lived 'religious' lives without living in wider religious communities under the purview of a particular church. OP seems to be talking about organised religion, and there are so many religious thinkers that have pulled away from this that it's not worth listing them. For the Abhrahamics, religiosity is necessarily bound with god. Religiosity is not, however, necessarily bound up with organised religion.
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Ah okay - this is oddly comforting to know ☺️
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Of course, plenty of people are spiritual but irreligious.
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Of course. I left Islam but I believe in God. I don't believe He has any influence in what happens on earth or people's actions, but I believe He created the earth. I guess I'd be called a deist, though I don't think labels are necessary.
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(Original post by yotsr123)
Isn't religion intertwined with god?
god has put forward ''rules'' which has been interpreted. This is called religion.
I feel like separating yourself from this is essentially a cop-out, wanting the comfort of believing in a god but not wanting to do the ''extra'' things.
But I understand this isn't a debate, so I believe it's called non-denominational.
God hasn't put forward a single rule. Humans have.
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For the longest time I’ve labelled myself as agnostic. However, recently I’ve wanted to open my heart to god, whomever that may be. I just don’t want to go through all of the church and religion stuff. Does this belief have a name?
Wouldn't it be better to have evidence?
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What do you mean by evidence?
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Wouldn't it be better to have evidence?
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I would say that it depends on what is meant by ‘God’, as different religions tend to view god in different ways, and some are monotheistic and others polytheistic, as if you have faith in a particular god, this may be linked in with a religion, but the idea in general of just some higher being, faith in something like a god, that doesnt have to be defined as religious, as religion is usually specialised, i suppose, in that there are implications of their beliefs that impact the way that they act. But simple faith in a higher plan, or a greater being wouldn’t necessarily have to be defined as being religious.
I have my own belief and it’s not in any god in particular, and I wouldn’t define myself as being religious, I just have a sort of belief in a god like character, but no teachings etc that go with them.
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Yes, it is possible.
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