ain't no Houellebecq girl (yiskah) wrote,
ain't no Houellebecq girl
yiskah

My choir is performing the St Matthew Passion in German this weekend, and I naively volunteered to transcribe an English translation in PowerPoint so that it can be projected on a gigantic screen above our heads come Saturday. Shaming as this is to admit, it's been the first time that I have read a version of the story of the Crucifixion (and yes, I realise that reading a bollocks translation of a choral piece is very different from reading the actual gospels themselves, but the point is that prior to this, all of my crucifixion-related knowledge came from sermons that largely went over my head as a school-child, and, more recently, The Passion of the Christ), and it confuses me rather: in particular, the issue of predestination. I mean this in the most respectful way possible, but I do not understand why Judas is damned for acting in accordance with his predestined role, while Jesus is lauded for doing likewise. If Jesus didn't have a choice in carrying out his destiny, surely Judas did not, either? Surely Jesus could not have died for our sins had Judas not betrayed him, thereby making him an integral part of proceedings? And if Jesus knew that he was going to be raised from the dead and taken up to reign in heaven, was his scarifice really that large? I really do not intend to make light of anyone's beliefs, and would love it if someone could explain this to me.


Were/are your parents/guardians:

atheists
5(8.2%)
agnostics
3(4.9%)
spiritual believers, but not adherents to a particular religion
2(3.3%)
culturally religious, but not necessarily believers
6(9.8%)
religious
21(34.4%)
of mixed religions
6(9.8%)
don't know
1(1.6%)
other
1(1.6%)

If religious, what religion?

Did you attend a religious school?

Yes, for all of my education
7(11.5%)
Yes, for some of my education
29(47.5%)
No
25(41.0%)

If so, what religion?

Was your school's religion the same as your home religion/belief?

Yes
24(53.3%)
No
13(28.9%)
Had mixed religions at home
8(17.8%)

Did you have any non school-based religious education (e.g. Sunday school)?

Yes
40(65.6%)
No
21(34.4%)

If so, what religion?

Did you participate in any other non school-based, religion-related activities (e.g. singing in church choir, faith-based camp, trips to Israel, etc.)?

Do you currently consider yourself:

atheist
15(24.6%)
agnostic
13(21.3%)
a spiritual believer, but not an adherent to a particular religion
12(19.7%)
culturally religious, but not (necessarily) a believer
1(1.6%)
religious
6(9.8%)
other
0(0.0%)

If religious, what religion?

If religious, is this the same religion that you grew up with?

Yes
12(36.4%)
No
13(39.4%)
Grew up with mixed religions
8(24.2%)

Anything else to add?




ETA: In answer to daegaer's question in the poll, I interpret 'religious' as 'having religious faith', and 'culturally religious' as 'belonging to a religious community'. I know it's a very broad term, and I am the first to admit that I am teh clueless in applying it accurately. (Oh, and jeejeen, I'm not sure why it would offend anyone either, but I am desperately gate-shy when it comes to talking to religion, due to the above-mentioned teh cluelessness.)
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