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    Quote Originally Posted by Der_Erlkoenig View Post

    Though I am a very faithful Christian, I feel the ties to Germanic paganism, and respect the faith deeply.
    The two are like oil and water.

    Quote Originally Posted by Der_Erlkoenig View Post
    Indeed. I apologize for any offense, that wasn't my intent at all. I'm not particularly fond of most comic book heroes, and the idea was to compliment the aspects that I like about Germanic Paganism, I identify a lot with Donar, as I relate to lightning, of all the elements, and consider myself to be quite warlike, both major aspects of Donar. I'm sorry if my common language use seemed to make less of my own feelings, and belittle your belief.
    Well the amalgamation of the two ways is what seems weird to me but is not at all uncommon in the WN community, Creativity Movement, Irminism etc.

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    Read, how did your parents raise you?
    To question everything and not take anything for granted. I was brought up in a Lutheran family, but my folks weren't very religious.

    Were you baptized?
    Yes and I had no say-so in the matter since I was a newborn.

    Were you taught about religion?
    Yes and the different varities. My Aunt and Uncle are religious Lutherans and taught me some things. Also, when I was a young teen I did attend "Bible study" with a friend from school.

    Does your faith correspond with what you were taught, or do you follow another religion than the one you grew up with?
    I have no spiritual or religious ties to the Christian doctrine that I was raised around and subjected to. My spiritual beliefs are towards heathenism (Asatru/Odinism).
    "Life; it kills 100% of those who experience it."

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    I've evolved over years..........

    I was born oldest in a very strictly Roman CatholicNaturally I was baptized.
    I went to 8 years of Catholic parochial school. We had Catechism class each day in school. I was an altar boy.My parents had high hopes for me.
    I began high school in the Minor Seminary, with the thought to become a Catolic priest. After my second year, I discovered girls. And I lost the impetus to become a priest. So, I dropped out. I remained a Catholic.

    When I began my own Family, our children were baptized and raised Catholic.
    I became very active in the Church playing guitar at Mass, teaching Sunday school, even leading charismatic prayer meetings a few time.

    In about 1970 I discovered a book on Witchcraft/Wicca. I began my search for the Old Gods, the Ancestral Gods. I thought that Wicca was the Way to find them. Like everything else, in my Life, I became immersed in it, even to leading a Coven for several years. Gradually I came to learn that Wicca is a thoroughly Modern religion, and Witchcraft is an individual Craft. I was shown unequivocal proof linking it to an abberation of Freemasonry.
    So I left to search for the Germanic Gods.

    I found Them in the Practice of Asatru, which I think is a reconstructed
    Folkway of the Germanic Folk. I don't "play Viking". I don't play dress-up
    I do read as much of the Germanic Religious Lore as I am able to collect.
    I practice what I believe our Religious Folkway would have developed into, what it would have evolved into. I do pay Homage, to our Ancestral Gods in Blot and Sumbel regularly, personnally and with my Kindred.

    And so, I think my Religious practices have evolved, over the years.
    At 69 years old, I don't worry about Heaven & Hell. I know that in some respect, some manner, I will rest with the Ancestors.I am at Peace with that.

    My parents are long dead......My several brothers and sister are all aware of my Faith. We are at peace in my Family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachtengel View Post
    Read, how did your parents raise you?
    Were you baptized?
    No, my parents didn't baptize me because they both felt very strongly that I should select my own religion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nachtengel View Post
    Were you taught about religion?
    My parents didn't teach me about religion, but they did encourage me to read books if I was curious about certain issues. I asked my friends questions, too, and attended church with them on occasion. I had a very unpleasant experience as a teen when a friend invited me to her church (an evangelical Christian denomination that arose from the Holiness movement) for an overnight event. We were forced to read the Bible all night and we weren't allowed to go to sleep at all; had I known this would happen, I would've never consented.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nachtengel View Post
    Does your faith correspond with what you were taught, or do you follow another religion than the one you grew up with?
    I've been drawn to Catholicism since I was about three, ever since I first attended Mass with some relatives, but I didn't convert until 2008. Most of the tenets of Catholicism are vastly different from anything I was ever exposed to in my own family, and parts of family are very hostile to Catholicism and ridicule the Church's teachings.
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    I started going to Catholic mass as a young boy with my Great Uncle. Later attended CDC classes, confirmation, etc. I rarely attend any more as I think religion resides within you and not in a designated place.

    I do though, love the grandeur of Catholic cathedrals.
    American by birth, made of parts from Emmingen, Baden-Württemberg.

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    I'm part of a family from Den Danske Folkekirke, so I was taught about religion in my home and school since I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    Later attended CDC classes, confirmation, etc.
    I always envied the other children who went to CDC classes! I had such a strong desire to learn about the Faith as a child, but luckily I have weekly doctrine classes/formation now.
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    Roman Catholic so I did Sunday church visits, communion, confirmation... all of them.

    I’ve always felt Catholic, even now when I don’t practice.

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    I didn't need to go to Church because so many of my family were religious and I got this stuff 24/7 at home

    I swear, my Granny could have told you every page of the Bible by heart (..seriously!) and even though I wasn't the slightest bit interested I still know more than most, simply by having absorbed it all passively. There aren't many hymns I'm unfamiliar with either, for the same reasons.

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    Essentially none: never baptized, never taken to church, never read the Bible; however, mom would take out a nativity scene for Christmas, and we had a half dozen old family bibles in the den.

    The vacuum became an issue once I started learning about death as a kid. Had trouble sleeping wondering where my dead dog and grandparents were. That's when mom delivered the story in a few sentences: "when people die they go to Heaven if they're good because of God. His name is Jesus. Pray to Him before going to bed. What is prayer: thank God for your life and those you love, and wish those who've died well in Heaven."

    Dad is an atheist/Pagan sympathizer. Today they and I remain, generally speaking, secular. Mom stopped taking out the nativity scene in our late teens.

    I don't have kids yet. I'm not sure what I'd tell them if I did if they were having trouble sleeping. Would I say "pray to Odin" or would I just say "Jesus" to keep things simple and avoid them being alienated at school? (They can learn about our Nordic Gods Woden and His Son, our other savior - Balder, when they learn that Santa Claus isn't real.) I imagine any kid would have trouble with the idea of death and secular nothingness eventually.

    The grandparents' generation were: Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic and one United Church of Canada.
    We need a reservation system for our people and our own ethnic-nationalist faith, where we'll have sermons about our people and nations, real history, science, philosophy, etc., in addition to our older religions. Throw in some open bar nights, comedy club hours, music and dance, etc., and it'll be a cracker barrel of good times lol.

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