Census returns still show a high degree of nominal association with organised religion. But a number of people are shifting between religions or from religions to agnoticism or athiesm. So the question is simple: have you moved, and if so why?
And finally a no doubt futile request: could this thread actually discuss personal changes in attitudes and not descend into the usual name-calling and attacking of people's religious beliefs or lack thereof.
As for me, I was brought up Catholic, from a very religious background. In my teenage years I considered a life in the Church and spent a short time meeting the Salesians in their house in Maynooth.
I have long since lost a religious faith and no longer go to Mass or the sacraments. I lost belief and trust first in the institutional church and then in religion in general. I still enjoy some of the rituals - particularly of the pre-Vatican II variety, like the Latin Mass and pre-Vatican II church music. That may be because my earliest years coincided with the last days of pre-Vatican II liturgies and the hymns I learnt were in Latin. I find them interesting and in a hazy way spiritual but don't feel any religious feelings towards them. Even when religious I found post-Vatican II ceremonial and music stale and dull. Quite a few non-religious people still do like the 'smells and bells' ritual of the Tridentine Mass interesting, as indeed they do the use of the old Book of Common Prayer in the Anglican tradition. It may be just the sense of tradition.
I simply cannot reconcile fundamental presumptions in religion with rationality.
I respect those who still have religious beliefs but find the arrogance of some of them off-putting. But I find the arrogance of the Richard Dawkins sickening - he strikes me as a kind of secular Rev Ian Paisley.
That is where I stand. What are your opinions?