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Being Conservative Without Being Religious: In Between Lines

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One of the most common assumptions many would have once they come across my blog, due to the nature of the topics I write about and my political leanings, that I am of a religious background.

While I find it rather amusing, I don’t hold it against anybody at all. It makes sense since most people who do believe in the values I endorse connect it to a religion, most commonly the Christian kind.

I definitely want to elaborate that I am actually a baptised Catholic (I still have my baptismal certificate!) and was a Christian most of my life since my family practiced it. Catholic in the early years and more evangelical-style modern Christian in the late period before my family dropped it altogether. The final step away from religion definitely stemmed from my parents’ divorce, my mother was hypocritically more religious while my father played along. When she was no longer around, my father finally came out into the open with his more atheist leanings and let his children have choices.

Would I say I am an atheist? I am halfway between an atheist and an agnostic.

I am always open to new ideas and since I do have a love for mythology, I like to think the idea of God would be a very strange one. Personally, I think if there is a God, He would be more like the mythological figures, powerful though with the same emotions and quirks as a human being. With all the cruelty in the world, it is more logical to me. Maybe God or the gods have other things on their mind or tasks of their own personal type that they don’t have time for everyone. It’s their choice and their powers anyway and maybe sometimes they feel like listening, sometimes not.

That’s just how I see things.

Of course, as readers of my blog, you can be of any faith or be of none. I don’t mind, as long as you practice good values and don’t force yourselves into other people’s lives (or preach) in order to convert. I have had enough of that in my life. Period.

So what is it like to be a Conservative without being religious or Christian?

It’s actually not bad at all and apart from a few corrections I have to make, which only leads to interesting conversations, it’s not a bother in my life. Like I have mentioned before, it takes a lot for me to be bothered and I have a fairly thick skin. It just surprises me in general and it makes me wonder how many of the new generation of Conservatives don’t identify with a religion, actually.

Since I have met very few Conservatives who are like me. There’s a couple of acquaintances and my SO, aside from my family. I wonder if they have different experiences to me and if you are one of those people, please do comment below with your experiences and your take. I’d be interested to hear.

Religious or not, as long as the values are right, then the price is right.

 

PS. Except there is no price and what I mean is more of the ‘direction is right’ (I just wanted to make a catchy pun-joke).

6 thoughts on “Being Conservative Without Being Religious: In Between Lines

  1. I am little bit like you. I define myself as “TradCon”, and I do believe in christian values. If we look all the societies of the world it is pretty clear that christianity makes the most stable, wealthy and safe societies. Religion has a HUGE instrumental value in society.

    I was born and bred lutheran, though my family wasn’t that religious. But when it comes to my personal belief system: well, I have Asperger’s and I am neurologically unable to have religious experiences. I would very much like to be good christian but it is unpossible to me.

    I usually do not talk about this because as you said, most TradCons are religious so it feels weird to be TradCon and – well, non-believer.

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    1. You’re definitely very right about that and it’s great to see somebody who’s also on the same ship as me!

      It does feel weird, though it doesn’t disturb me much at all. I find it peculiar and since I have some religious background, I can discuss religious references with religious conservatives for a while. I know the Bible fairly well.

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  2. My goodness, we could be two peas in a pod!
    Like you, I embrace many of the traditional values typically associated with Christian conservatism. I was raised Catholic but rarely practice these days preferring to simply lead a good honest life without the structure of organized religion. I particularly support a woman’s decision to choose to be at home and participate in society within the norms of her traditional gender role. Sadly, I think it’s this religous aspect that keeps many women from embracing their true calling as wives, homemakers and mothers.

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    1. Indeed we are! I totally agree with you, though I would still like to acknowledge that religion is needed for some people to have a moral compass (they cannot do it on their own) and that the church has been a cradle for moral values in the structure of Western society, which has helped a lot. What do you mean with by that religious aspect, causing women to turn away from their true calling?

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      1. Only to say that many of us practice our faith in a very personal way. If embracing tradional gender roles and pursuits is somehow tied in to a “religous” movement, or associated strictly with conservative Christianity, it might be off-putting to some women who would otherwise benefit from this lifestyle.

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      2. I think so too, though I think it is also a matter of being open minded and accepting that while we all have similar values, sometimes that connects to being religious, sometimes not. We’re all different!

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