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How does habits of generations affect faith?
« on: August 24, 2013, 02:19:31 pm »
How does habits of generations affect faith?

I am doing class work on how different generations think about work and how that effects their work.  This is not part of my class work nor will it be used for it. I got the question how and what does the generations think about faith?  How has it affected the perception of belief?

Generations
Traditionalists 1925 to 1945,
Baby Boomers 1946 to 1964,
Generation X 1965 to 1980,
Generation Y 1981 to 1994,
Generation Z 1995 to 2004.
Current generation 2004 to 2013 (do not know the name).

I am a baby boomer and lost my faith for a while due to the enforced belief that what my parents believed was right and what I believed  was wrong.  Until I learned that my belief was right for me.
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Re: How does habits of generations affect faith?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2013, 07:56:20 am »
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Traditionalists 1925 to 1945,
Baby Boomers 1946 to 1964,
Generation X 1965 to 1980,
Generation Y 1981 to 1994,
Generation Z 1995 to 2004.
Current generation 2004 to 2013 (do not know the name).

Have you notices that the time period being used for a "generation" shrinks with time?

I'm a baby boomer. I was raised Christian (Methodist) but was questioning it by my teen years. The flood of "occult literature" published while I was in high school and my interest in Greek mythology led me in a Pagan direction. I was thinking of myself as Pagan by the time I was 13.
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Re: How does habits of generations affect faith?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 09:15:38 am »
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I was raised Christian (Methodist) but was questioning it by my teen years. The flood of "occult literature" published while I was in high school and my interest in Greek mythology led me in a Pagan direction. I was thinking of myself as Pagan by the time I was 13.


Gen Xer, born to boomer parents.  

I was also raised in a (nominally) Christian (Methodist) home; in reality, very little in my upbringing was "Christian" or "Godly."  I'd like to say the religion was less in the home because my parental units, being boomers, were more liberal, counter-cultural, or whatever.  Truth is the home life was pretty bad, and I came out of it thinking you can't have faith in God if you don't have faith in people.  
I did the usual teen-rebellion thing, and pretended to be an atheist until my mid twenties or so.  Then I turned back to Christianity for a spell, and for various reasons started peeking around esoteric topics, occultism, what have you.  Eventually I found 'paganism' by way of Wicca and found some intuitive spiritualities that were wholly in line with my more mystical views of Christianity.  And here I am, a spiritual bouncy-ball.  It's been fun.  My own self-identification as a "pagan" is rather recent.

So there ya go.  I don't know how much of the above is reflective of my generation and how much is me being a nutball in general.  :D:
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Re: How does habits of generations affect faith?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2013, 10:17:02 am »
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How does habits of generations affect faith?

I am doing class work on how different generations think about work and how that effects their work.  This is not part of my class work nor will it be used for it. I got the question how and what does the generations think about faith?  How has it affected the perception of belief?

Generations
Traditionalists 1925 to 1945,
Baby Boomers 1946 to 1964,
Generation X 1965 to 1980,
Generation Y 1981 to 1994,
Generation Z 1995 to 2004.
Current generation 2004 to 2013 (do not know the name).

I am a baby boomer and lost my faith for a while due to the enforced belief that what my parents believed was right and what I believed  was wrong.  Until I learned that my belief was right for me.

 
My parents were generation X (though just barely) and I am generation Y.  My father was an atheist, but wasn't allowed to speak about it by my fundamentalist mother.  I was intensely drawn to Wicca - partly as rebellion, as any teenager would, but only a small part.  There are many different things I could have rebelled with.  I chose Wicca because my grandmother (a Traditionalist, apparently, though right on the cusp) had a deep reverence for nature that she passed on to me (though hers was because of the Creator).  I remember being very little and playing a game with her where we would place our hands on the trunks of trees and try to imagine what they were feeling, what it was like to be a tree and have been around so long.

I don't think my Paganism interest has much to do with my generation, except that at just the time I was looking for a religious alternative, solitary neo-Wicca had become a pretty big thing.  I didn't have to go searching very far to find it; though it's quite possible I would have eventually stumbled across it.
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