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Discussion in 'Religious Issues' started by Woofie, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. G23Gen4TX


    Nov 9, 2010
    I own a martial arts school and teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay thai to adults and kids.

    I grew in Israel and that has thought me a lot about the hypocrisy of religion and how twisted it is. Last "religious" thing I did was my Bar-Mitzvah and it was more of a cultural thing for me.

    My education though is in Arts and computer animation. As part of my art education we have learned about Christianity (we are not exposed to it in Israel as the Jewish religion is very protective of itself from outside religions).

    Then I moved to the UK where the majority of people are not religious. Then to the US and to Texas out of all places where "Jesus is savior" and everyone thinks I'm going to hell because I'm not religious.

    But I also found my non religious friends around here.
  2. GLWyandotte

    GLWyandotte Señor Member

    Executive Chef and musician.
    As a Chef, no effect at all, except that my employees seem to respect me more knowing that I'm a man of faith. This is somewhat evident when they talk of their old boss, often referring to him as a "weird guy who always talked about there not being a God".

    As a musician, quite a bit. I played bluegrass for years which is very much Christianity-oriented music. Kinda nice- you never have to worry about equipment getting stolen at bluegrass festivals.
    As a Church musician quite a bit too. In this respect, I'm unemployed as I just left my Church due to a politically manipulative Pastor.

  3. rohanreginald

    rohanreginald Novice

    Dec 9, 2009
    I am not going to say where I work, but I see first hand where federal regulations inhibit private sector growth. I have seen businesses go out of business as a result of more stringent regulations and I have seen first hand where regulations limit growth, product development and revenue production.

    I have also seen my agency take stands routinely on paper work issues and go after private entities where the impact on the public is minimal and unsubstantial. On the other hand truly complex issues that do effect the integrity of the public are often brushed aside as noone wants to push the issue as it may prove to be a political hot button.

    As a result my religious beliefs haven't changed but my faith in people and government sure have.

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  4. elsielover


    Apr 27, 2007
    Off to the Side
    I play classical music, the viola. Music has in no way informed my religious beliefs. I've been fortunate to play and perform with some of the greatest musicians on the planet. Religion never came up. It didn't need to.

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  5. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cool job. :thumbsup:
  6. Glock36shooter


    May 30, 2010
    VERY VERY COOL JOB! Ever work with John Williams?
  7. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Physician Assistant for the last 17 years, Pharmacy tech for 10 before that. My first 20 years spent in the military, in a lot of different places among a lot of different cultures.

    My personal opinion on what I have seen, is that people can be extremely good and selfless beyond comprehension, and bad and selfish to the same extent. I've said it often, but there are heroes and zero's in every group.

    The sum total of my experiences lead me to believe there might be, or at least have been a deity at some time, and the nature or identity of that deity is unknown to me, if they exist, or existed. It's just about equally possible that none has ever existed. Oh well.

    But, whether or not there is or is not, or has ever been a deity. It's still never too hard to do the right thing.

    Currently I work in an internal medicine sub-specialty. I get to say I fight cancer every day, and mean it.
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  8. concretefuzzynuts

    concretefuzzynuts Brew Crew

    Dec 27, 2011
    I am a furniture maker. All hand crafted, exotic wood. No metal fasteners, all mortice and tenon or similar interlocking, hand crafted joinery.

    It has no bearing on my lack of or choice of faith.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  9. elsielover


    Apr 27, 2007
    Off to the Side
    Many times. He would come and conduct the orchestra for a week's worth of subscription concerts, usually 4 concerts, all of his music. He recorded the score to the movie "Lincoln" with the symphony last year.

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  10. Glock36shooter


    May 30, 2010
    I'm so jealous of your job. How old were you when you began working with the Viola? I am musically inclined and often wondered where I might have wound up had I been put in serious training when I was little. So you played in the "Lincoln" score? Can't wait to hear it.
  11. Glock36shooter


    May 30, 2010
    Are you an MD? DMD? PhD?
  12. chickenwing


    Sep 24, 2010
    Regards to the bold, well said.

    And as a cancer survivor, thanks. I owe my life to hard working medical professionals like yourself. Any disagreements aside, keep up the good work! :wavey:

    I work as a land surveyor. The job has never affected how I view religion and my disbelief in a god or gods.

    The people I have worked with through the years though have had many different views. I've worked with Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Atheist, and Agnostics. I've had some spirited debates, and some get angry, or just don't feel like talking about it.

    One party chief who I honestly hold in high regards, and I am still in contact with despite not working with him in five years is a uber Christian. Oh boy did we have some debates while working. Stand up guy all around.

    Same with the Muslim party chief I worked with for a couple of years. Never really got into any theological debates, mostly economics. Another cool guy though.

    My last few years I worked as a construction surveyor I worked with a Atheist party chief. I'd say he influenced me the most. I was already an Atheist he reenforced it.

    He was a Huey pilot in Vietnam, coolest person I've ever known. Taught me everything I know when it comes to surveying. Which I ended up having to teach back to him after his stroke. RIP Tom.

    I think CavDoc is right, there are good and bad. Character is what matters. Not faith, religion or government.
  13. elsielover


    Apr 27, 2007
    Off to the Side
    I started when I was 9 or 10. To achieve a high level, like in everything, you have to put in a lot of time. In college and graduate school 8 hours a day practicing wasn't unusual. While the competition for jobs was and is fierce, seeking perfection because the music deserved it was the goal. I retired from the symphony 3 years ago so I'm not on that soundtrack. Others though, many classical albums (32 Grammies), a lot of radio/tv commercials, and pop records including a cut on a Smashing Pumpkins album which forever cemented my relationship with my daughter!

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  14. Glock36shooter


    May 30, 2010
    WHICH ONE?! I am a huge fan. I just took my chick to see them in VA on Dec 9th. Been a fan since the early 90's.

    You are now officially the coolest person on this forum LOL. Was it Disarm or Tonight Tonight or something?
  15. ViennaGambit


    Dec 19, 2009
    I've been a high school history teacher for 5 years now and also used to teach an AP course on world religions, but through a more anthropological and art history approach.

    Prior to this I was a wall street broker and left for ethical reasons, not so much religious reasons. I wanted to make a difference.

    I have a double major in archaeology and biological anthropology and a masters in education, both from ivy league schools.

    Based on what I see in school and the stories of my students, my beliefs are challenged every day. Some days I can't believe a God could exist that could be so cruel, and other days I see his plan.

    I actually wind up discussing religion quite a bit with my students - we just finished a unit on the reformation & counter reformation and it always gets us discussing if God was created by man as a way to control... God comes up a lot when I also do a unit on genocide - even my most devout students are always challenged. I refuse to provide my opinion and let them come to their own conclusions. I brought a holocaust survivor to speak with my students last year and the discussion on God was very intense and emotional. Good stuff.

    Funny enough, I have never been religious really, just spiritual, but now that I will be a father for the first time, the notion is nagging me a bit...
  16. Geko45

    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

    Nov 1, 2002
    In and around IT for the last 21 years. Software Engineer, DBA, Project Manger, etc. Currently adding an MBA to my skillset. The neat thing about IT is that you get exposure to so many different sectors (military, financial, healthcare, education, oil & gas etc.)

    I do think the exposure to so many different sectors has given me a more well-rounded worldview than most, but I can't say it speciifcally either pushed me towards or away from religion as a whole.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013
  17. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    I'm a Controller for a REIT. I don't think my faith is either shaped by my profession nor affected by it.
  18. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    Interesting....You and I have a similar background.