Thursday, November 19, 2009

List: Reasons People Cite for Why Still Consider Themselves Religious

No specific order.  I may come back and update this as I collect more of them.
  • To maintain access to certain social circles or traditions and practices
  • To have a moral framework for their own lives or, more frequently, raising their children
  • They depend on prayer for some kind of relief from life's difficulties
  • Because you've got to have faith in something (sounds to me like more of an expansive belief system about the nature of existence rather than faith as such)
  • From Shana Worel: Pascal's Wager (i.e. "but what if you're wrong and have to spend eternity in hell?")