When people ask you what your religion is, you may have a simple response such as Christianity, Buddhism, or Taoism. Most people are familiar with these major world religions and thus will have a pretty good idea of what your beliefs are. However, spiritual beliefs can’t always so easily be categorized. What if you aren’t sure what you believe in? Or don’t believe in anything? If so, maybe you can identify as one of the following:
If you straight up don’t believe in any God or gods, then you can call yourself an atheist. Atheism is not a religion; it is simply a belief that gods don’t exist. Even some religious people, for example in some sects of Buddhism, could be considered atheists. It is certainly possible to be an atheist and still live a moral and ethical lifestyle.
The word “agnostic” means “without knowledge.” Agnostics don’t necessarily deny the existence of gods, they just aren’t sure. According to agnostics, how could we humans ever really know if God exists? They argue that there is no tried and tested way for us to prove the existence of God.
Have you ever wondered if perhaps all the religions have something good to offer? And how can a person choose just one of them to identify as? Well pantheists believe that God does not belong to any one religion. God is one with the sky, the trees, the earth, and the entire universe.Pantheists believe that we should practice humility and wonder with the world around us.
1. categorize (v) to classify something into a category 將…分門別類
Our latest product is categorized as an over-the-counter drug.
2. sect (n) a spiritual/religious group, usually a part of or different than a major group 派系，流派，分支
Jennie is a member of a strange Christian sect that believes the world is going to end next year.
3. ethical (adj) moral 合乎道德的
Bonnie is a woman of high ethical standards.
4. necessarily (adv) as a necessary result 必定，必然；必要地，必需地
Drinking a few drinks per night doesn’t necessarily make one an alcoholic.
5. deny (v) to say something is not true 否認
Marc denied that he had stolen the toy.
6. humility (n) having a modest of humble view of oneself 謙卑，謙遜
The billionaire was known for his honesty and humility.
Phrases and Sentence Patterns句型解析
1. identify as (phr) to consider as a certain identity 與…認同，
Kasim identifies as Sikh.
2. straight up (phr) honestly, truthfully 真實的，真的，的確
Please answer my question straight up.
3. tried and tested (phr, like an adj) recognized by many as reliable or successful 有公信力的，歷經考驗的，經證明是可信的
Our tried and tested new product will leave your house mosquito free!
4. A + be + one with + B (sentence pattern) A and B are/become the same thing 合而為一
When Jackie looked up at the starry sky, she felt at one with the universe.