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Can a person believe in two religions at the same time?
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I have a classmate who says she's "Half Islam and Half Catholic"
and it irks me off because she eats pork and doesn't do fasting but attends the Grand Iftar, at the same time refuses to go to a Eucharistic Mass.

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Posted 8/24/16

Eden_Tier wrote:

Polytheists.

I don't know how you can logically be one, but they exist.


Strictly speaking, that is not a logical sentence. So, you might want to work on that, first.
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Posted 8/24/16 , edited 8/25/16

Hrafna wrote:

The ancient Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, Scandinavian, and Roman religions does not contradict the existence of other religions because they don't lay claim on everything in existence.

The Abrahamic religion (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), on the other hand, directly or indirectly persecutes all other religions with its teaching "Our god created everything, so your gods cannot exist, [trollface]." In fact, it specifically states that you are not allowed to believe in any other gods; you are not allowed to believe in anything except that which is dictated by the bible, the word of God.

The other religions also make no claim that their gods are all-good, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, or perfect, and their gods never say one thing and then does another thing entirely, so they are not contradicting to their nature.

I accept all religions except the Abrahamic religion.


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Each religion has a stance or more that is not compatible with other religions. So one may believe in most of one religion, but not the parts that disagree with another religion. Therefore, it is technically not possible to believe in two religions at the same time. If you believe in a portion of one religion and a portion of another, then that sets you at conflict with those portions and technically makes you a part of a different religion. For this definition, I am considering subsets (as far as they contradict the core religion) or breakoff sects of religions as different religions.
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Posted 8/24/16 , edited 8/24/16

Hrafna wrote:


Eden_Tier wrote:

Polytheists.

I don't know how you can logically be one, but they exist.


Strictly speaking, that is not a logical sentence. So, you might want to work on that, first.


I'd love to work on it.

Unfortunately, it seems to be perfectly logical to me, and strictly speaking, you have strangely neglected to explain how it is otherwise.

Seen a lot of triggered people do something along the same lines. Just sayin'.
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As I understand it most religious Japanese people will involve themselves fluidly with both Buddhist and Shinto rituals and such, so I think it's quite possible.
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Posted 8/24/16 , edited 8/24/16
If the religious doctrines neither contradict each other nor specifically deny the validity of other deities it is entirely possible to have two religions at the same time.
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Posted 8/24/16
Yes its called Double Think.
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You may have them, but whether you BELIEVE in them is up to you.

(Which is a frequently expressed problem for most of the aforementioned Buddhist/Shinto Japanese.)
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Posted 8/24/16 , edited 8/24/16
I do not think you can truly believe in two religions especially if they have conflicting beliefs. For example Christianity "I am the way, the truth and the life" so to believe that as truth makes every other religion false. And if you were to believe say Hinduism and Shintoism...then you would have to believe that at least one of them was wrong at least concerning the origin of life and the energy of the universe. So I don't think you can believe two "truths" at once when they don't agree with each other.
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Posted 8/24/16 , edited 8/24/16
(Referring to the half-Islamic half-catholic idea)

That does not makes sense to me. Islam is obsessively monothestic and has argued against Catholics in the past for bringing up the Trinity. The Quran and Bible also have different stories in them about Abraham etc .... oh well, I guess everyone has to reconcile their own beliefs to themselves.
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you have to check your history & doctrines for example Buddhism comes from Hinduism Buddha himself was a hindu that why you see a lot of similarities as what Hydroglyph yes you can't really have 2 beliefs but people do it all the time there pick something that from one religion they like and other from a different religion. it's really contradicts if you believe Islam then Jesus would be just a prophet and nothing more but Christianity Jesus is prat of the doctrine of the trinity Father, son, holy ghost so if you believed these 2 religions they would contradict because Christianity means Christ follower to follow Christ. now we have Gospels and Quran but i can save that for another day.

Sorry to bring up Christianity and Islam it's just the 2 i know most well out of all of them


p.s it always confuses me when people believe in Karma yet there not religious even though it part of the Hindu belief
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Posted 8/24/16

luffyisify wrote:

Yes. It's called polytheism. I'm not one of those people.


Actually, no, it's not. Polytheism is a religion that has more than one god (see the hellenistic religion). Believing in multiple gods is not the same thing as believing in multiple religions.
Posted 8/24/16

Eden_Tier wrote:


Hrafna wrote:


Eden_Tier wrote:

Polytheists.

I don't know how you can logically be one, but they exist.


Strictly speaking, that is not a logical sentence. So, you might want to work on that, first.


you have strangely neglected to explain how it is otherwise.


Ok.

It is otherwise because you are illogical. Now, it is your turn to explain how that is otherwise.


Ps. I'm using the exact same argument that you were using. So, come on. Prove otherwise.
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Posted 8/24/16
Do the beliefs imply claims that contradict each other? If yes, then no. If no, then yes. Simple as that.

Alternatively, you could say that someone can believe contradictory things (perhaps unknowingly), in which case, sure, you could believe in two contradictory religions, but you would have obviously false beliefs.

Another way of looking at it is that each person follows a creed with their own interpretation, and there is a different religion for each person in the world. In that case, no you can't believe in two religions, but you would create your own religion with a more or less unique set of beliefs. You could take different beliefs from the religions of others, throwing away the stuff you don't like, and keeping the stuff you do like.
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