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  1. #21

    wow

    what a joke......surfing as a religion HAHAHAHAH. This country is moving farther and farther away from the morals our country was founded on

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoastgilson View Post
    what a joke......surfing as a religion HAHAHAHAH. This country is moving farther and farther away from the morals our country was founded on
    yeah..not many indians getting massacred these days. Thats good!

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    what?

    good one smart ass.......when indians being massacred has anything to do with Christian morals our country was founded on, get back to me

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    i think that surfing could be viewed as an extension of christianity in the sense of feeling closeness to God and enjoying the gift of the ocean we've been given. i, for one, feel closer to God when im surfing or in the ocean than i do anywhere else. but thats not to say that surfing is a viable alternative to God. it does not have anything to say about the underlying meaning of life. i think this whole "surfing as its own religion" thing is kind of dumb, but i can see where theyre coming from.

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    what?

    Christianity and morality are two separate things. This country was founded on a lot more than religion. I'm tired of Christians claiming that their religion should be the moral compass for Americans. I consider myself a morally sound individual however i do not consider myself part of any form of organized religion such like Christianity. I also consider surfing as an influence on my moral decisions. Surfing is based on mutual respect that can certainly constitute a belief system and i don't feel the need for a deity or a bunch of rules that are set in stone to govern my morals or dictate my spirituality.

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    It's a sport, people. It's no different than football, basketball, baseball, motocross or anything else in this world. Get a grip... If you worship surfing, or in any way shape or form view it as some sort of religion, you should really talk to someone while confined to a padded room while wearing a funny looking white coat with buckles all over it.

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    missing the point

    Do you worship Chrisitianity? Its not the worship of surfing as a whole. It is the belief in what the sport stands for, how it influences the view of ones world, and how it connects you to any kind of spirituality. As a rough belief system i think the ideals fostered by riding waves can be seen by some as a form of religion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zansurf View Post
    Christianity and morality are two separate things. This country was founded on a lot more than religion. I'm tired of Christians claiming that their religion should be the moral compass for Americans. I consider myself a morally sound individual however i do not consider myself part of any form of organized religion such like Christianity. I also consider surfing as an influence on my moral decisions. Surfing is based on mutual respect that can certainly constitute a belief system and i don't feel the need for a deity or a bunch of rules that are set in stone to govern my morals or dictate my spirituality.
    religion generally implies morality. in other words what is right and wrong. this black and white polarity is the biggest problem with religion in my mind. as i mentioned earlier, worshiping the earth and the gifts of nature, such as the ocean, would fall under the pagan belief system.

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    i agree

    Morality and religion are not mutually exclusive ideas however they aren't always a package deal. I don't know if i would put surfing under a pagan classification. It transcends a strict connection to nature. Most pagan religions are connected to nature in return for something.(good harvest..etc) Surfing dictates morality not because a surfer wishes to receive something in return, but because he/she knows it is what is right (or wrong.) To think otherwise would be hedonistic.

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    this is a heavy thread.
    whoa.