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(Some Guy)   Study shows that religion can be depressing. Catholics seen nodding in agreement before kneeling, standing, kneeling and looking at a dead guy on a cross -- the biggest thing in the room   (media.www.thelantern.com) divider line 153
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2008-10-09 01:37:06 PM  
They need some rebranding.

www.alexgomez.com
 
2008-10-09 01:46:15 PM  
Stupidity always depresses me.
 
2008-10-09 01:50:50 PM  
religions depress me, and i don't even believe in them
 
2008-10-09 01:59:11 PM  
The study is only concerning Asian students practicing Christianity (despite the trolly headline), and I think 90% of Asian Christians are Korean. The one time I asked a Korean why so many of them are Christians, they said that it's because churches are in the city, temples are in the mountains.

Then there's the conflict between the general ancestral veneration of Asian countries and Christianity, which says your ancestors may well be in hell. Family pressure contributes to it, I'm sure.
 
2008-10-09 02:11:54 PM  
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2008-10-09 02:21:57 PM  
Of course it can be depressing. Anyone who's ever been inside a Cathedral knows that.
 
2008-10-09 02:30:21 PM  
Solution: Beer volcanoes and a stripper factory
 
2008-10-09 02:33:57 PM  
As a former Catholic, I am in complete agreement with Subby.

/Used to scoff at the phrase "recovering Catholic"
//then I became one
 
2008-10-09 02:35:15 PM  
Steinman said the important thing to remember from the results of this study is that there is a tendency to make broad generalizations.

Yeah. I'm not really seeing this as epic information. A minority of Asian-American church goers are more likely to be depressed than other worshipers, no matter the denomination.

I could do better finding the causative agent if I were playing connect the dots without numbers.
 
2008-10-09 02:55:01 PM  
Today it's making me hungry. Well, back to services for another 3 hours.
 
2008-10-09 02:59:22 PM  
Biggest thing in the room?
Subby has obviously never met any Polish Catholic women.
 
2008-10-09 03:00:59 PM  
Religions depress me because they cause wars and stop thinking minds.
 
2008-10-09 03:12:12 PM  
submitter: Catholics seen nodding in agreement before kneeling, standing, kneeling and looking at a dead guy on a cross -- the biggest thing in the room

If that's Catholicism, you're doing it wrong. The sermon is supposed to be uplifting, not depressing. (Plus, I go to a parish with a main church and a smaller chapel. The big one has a cross with no Jesus on it. The chapel has a hanging Jesus, but he isn't on a cross. Srsly. He's just floating there on the wall.)

/But yeah, the depressing stuff is why 1 in 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic.
 
2008-10-09 03:24:44 PM  
MasterThief: If that's Catholicism, you're doing it wrong.

Then, no offense, Catholicism did it wrong for hundreds of years.
 
2008-10-09 03:43:17 PM  
I always screw up and stand when the priest doesn't start with "Jesus Says ..."
 
2008-10-09 03:56:41 PM  
DamnYankees: Then, no offense, Catholicism did it wrong for hundreds of years.

None taken. You're right, they did. That's why this was so important.
 
2008-10-09 04:27:30 PM  
I gave up Catholicism for Lent ... about 20+ years ago.
 
2008-10-09 04:29:02 PM  
I was wondering why there weren't already 400 posts in this thread. I'm amazed the flame war hasn't already started.
 
2008-10-09 04:29:55 PM  
dragonchild 2008-10-09 04:29:02 PM
I was wondering why there weren't already 400 posts in this thread. I'm amazed the flame war hasn't already started.


There is still so much potential
 
2008-10-09 04:30:45 PM  
I would imagine constantly thinking the world is going to end, getting up in arms over Teh Homos!!1! getting married, and shouting "Persecution!" while being in the vast majority would be a pretty big downer.
 
2008-10-09 04:31:52 PM  
There's something weird, something phenomenally dreary about Christian singing. The Gospel singers are the only singers that just go crazy, joyous and it's farking amazing! And it's born out of kidnapping, imprisonment, slavery, murder, all of that - and this joyous singing! And the Church of England, well, all those sort of Christian religions, which is mainly Caucasian white people, with all the power and money - enough power and money to make Solomon blush, and they're all singing, "Oh, God, our hope in ages past, our hope for years..." They're the only groups of people that could sing, "Hallelujah" without feeling like it's a "Hallelujah!" thing. "Hallelujah, hallelujah, joyfully we lark about." It's just not kicking, is it?

God must be up there going, "What on Earth is that?" God, who is James Mason. "What on earth is that, Jesus? Jesus Christ! What on earth is that?"

"Don't take my name in vain, Dad!"

"Jeezy Creezy, what on Earth is that?"
 
2008-10-09 04:32:05 PM  
At least Catholics can drink when they feel guilty.

/mormon
//guilty
///drinks
////stuck in loop
 
2008-10-09 04:32:17 PM  
dragonchild: I was wondering why there weren't already 400 posts in this thread. I'm amazed the flame war hasn't already started.

OK atheists are a bunch of....aww fark it, why bother
 
Ant
2008-10-09 04:32:50 PM  
The idea that you were born saddled with a sin you did not commit? Yeah, that's pretty depressing.
 
2008-10-09 04:32:53 PM  
MasterThief: DamnYankees: Then, no offense, Catholicism did it wrong for hundreds of years.

None taken. You're right, they did. That's why this was so important.


After Vatican II, mass was just depressing in English rather than Latin.

/recovering Catholic
// we had a BIG bloody Jesus dying on a cross
 
2008-10-09 04:33:05 PM  
DamnYankees: Of course it can be depressing. Anyone who's ever been inside a Cathedral knows that.

Cathedrals are beautiful. As long as you don't have to think about the reasons why they're there and all the wretched things people think about when they're in them kneeling and praying.
 
2008-10-09 04:33:09 PM  
before kneeling, standing, kneeling

Ahhh Mass... or as I call it. Catholic Aerobics
 
2008-10-09 04:34:06 PM  
The last time I went to church, it was with a friend who asked me to go along. At one point they had everyone turn to the person on each side of them, shake hands and say something to that person. I wasn't informed of what to say so when the dude next to me shook my hand, I was all "hey, wassup? How ya doin?". I knew that I didn't say the 'correct' phrase, I felt stupid and wanted to bolt. Then I turned and shook my friends hand while mumbling "what the fark am I supposed to be saying?"
They should really include some sort of instructions at those places.
 
2008-10-09 04:34:25 PM  
The surveyor is confusing cause and effect here. Wouldn't it more likely be that becoming religious is a reaction to depression, rather than a source of it?
 
2008-10-09 04:34:26 PM  
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I see you.
 
2008-10-09 04:34:35 PM  
dragonchild: I was wondering why there weren't already 400 posts in this thread. I'm amazed the flame war hasn't already started.

All in due time. I would imagine many are busy with the chicken little routine in the stock market threads or fanatically ranting in the political threads. Don't worry, sooner or later they will be coming up for air and then..........
 
2008-10-09 04:34:44 PM  
Study shows that religion can be depressing. Catholics seen nodding in agreement before kneeling, standing, kneeling and looking at a dead guy on a cross -- the biggest thing in the room -- and then leaving to go to school's basement where they have the big annual Oktoberfest party where they were serving Spaten O-Fest and brats, and had an oompah band going, and 90% got blasted and then they woke up the next morning with killer hang overs and then were depressed because their heads hurt so much and they could not open a beer for at least six more hours.

The end.
 
2008-10-09 04:35:22 PM  
Maybe they could base the next study on a sample of Muslims in S. Carolina.
 
2008-10-09 04:35:27 PM  
Depends on what church you go to.

Personally I wouldn't mind seeing more churches like the one in Blues Brothers. That'd bring some life into people.
 
2008-10-09 04:35:38 PM  
Gyrfalcon: DamnYankees: Of course it can be depressing. Anyone who's ever been inside a Cathedral knows that.

Cathedrals are beautiful. As long as you don't have to think about the reasons why they're there and all the wretched things people think about when they're in them kneeling and praying.


Of course they are beautiful, but they are also depressing.
 
2008-10-09 04:35:47 PM  
I completely disagree with this assertion. The story of the fall from grace of humankind, the coming apocalypse, and the knowledge that if I put one foot out of cannonical line I'll go straight to hell has always put a big, sunny smile on my face.

Catholicism has always been a little ray of sunshine in my life.
 
2008-10-09 04:36:06 PM  
Jesus walks into the Inn, puts a handful of nails on the counter and says "Can you put me up for the night".
 
2008-10-09 04:37:01 PM  
I'm just going to sit this one out and let you hang yourselves.
 
2008-10-09 04:37:07 PM  
Of course religion is depressing. It's all about where you go when you die. They are all death cults.
 
Ant
2008-10-09 04:37:39 PM  
RandomExcess: Jesus walks into the Inn, puts a handful of nails on the counter and says "Can you put me up for the night".

Dammit Bender! How'd you get outta that closet? If I have to come back in here, I'm crackin' skulls!
 
2008-10-09 04:38:03 PM  
The hell you say.
 
2008-10-09 04:39:54 PM  
lonestartimes.com

I learned about this religion in the late 80's.
Nothing depressing here.
 
2008-10-09 04:41:20 PM  
chaddsfarkprefect: Maybe they could base the next study on a sample of Muslims in S. Carolina.

Well....here you go!!!

Link (new window)
 
2008-10-09 04:42:49 PM  
According to the second law of thermodynamics, an increasing rate of entropy is inevitable. Thought suggests an organized comprehension that is repeating and evaluates itself, creating tangible patterns. Religion is the answer of thought energy to the second law, where it is necessary to disrupt patterns of intelligence with inexplicable and blatant stupidity.
 
2008-10-09 04:43:33 PM  
Actually, I think it's funny.
 
2008-10-09 04:44:36 PM  
Zombie death cult FTW

/former catholic
//gave it up for lent
 
2008-10-09 04:45:13 PM  
shijjiri: According to the second law of thermodynamics, an increasing rate of entropy is inevitable. Thought suggests an organized comprehension that is repeating and evaluates itself, creating tangible patterns. Religion is the answer of thought energy to the second law, where it is necessary to disrupt patterns of intelligence with inexplicable and blatant stupidity.

People that talk like this depress me.
 
2008-10-09 04:45:46 PM  
fruitloop: There's something weird, something phenomenally dreary about Christian singing. The Gospel singers are the only singers that just go crazy, joyous and it's farking amazing! And it's born out of kidnapping, imprisonment, slavery, murder, all of that - and this joyous singing! And the Church of England, well, all those sort of Christian religions, which is mainly Caucasian white people, with all the power and money - enough power and money to make Solomon blush, and they're all singing, "Oh, God, our hope in ages past, our hope for years..." They're the only groups of people that could sing, "Hallelujah" without feeling like it's a "Hallelujah!" thing. "Hallelujah, hallelujah, joyfully we lark about." It's just not kicking, is it?

God must be up there going, "What on Earth is that?" God, who is James Mason. "What on earth is that, Jesus? Jesus Christ! What on earth is that?"

"Don't take my name in vain, Dad!"

"Jeezy Creezy, what on Earth is that?"


Are you here all the week? Should we try the veal?
 
2008-10-09 04:46:24 PM  
shijjiri: According to the second law of thermodynamics, an increasing rate of entropy is inevitable. Thought suggests an organized comprehension that is repeating and evaluates itself, creating tangible patterns. Religion is the answer of thought energy to the second law, where it is necessary to disrupt patterns of intelligence with inexplicable and blatant stupidity.

You might like these two books; I enjoyed them immensely (esp. the second):

Link (new window)

and

Link (new window)
 
2008-10-09 04:47:33 PM  
ScottMpls: I gave up Catholicism for Lent ... about 20+ years ago.,

hey, you stole my line.
You better go to confession!

/been using that line for 20 years too LOL
 
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