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in thread Religion in the Monastery.

So I think your view of a prevalence of Christian declarations to be, at least in part, due to how likely holders of certain beliefs are to consider their proclamation of such as being acceptable (to themselves and to others perceived as likely to visit PerlMonks).

I agree wholeheartedly. It is very typical of US Christians to advertise their faith. They take that evangelical thing quite seriously. People from other faiths and other countries tend to avoid this---indeed, in many cultures, it is considered bad form because of the tendency of religious discussions to get out of hand. In other countries (e.g. Italy, Yemen), the likely answer is so obvious that there is no need to discuss it.


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Re: Re: Re: Religion in the Monastery. (no, thanks)
by crenz (Priest) on Apr 30, 2003 at 14:06 UTC

    (advertising faith) in many cultures (is) considered bad form

    Which cultures are you thinking of?

      Fair enough. I'm sure I could think of more if I looked. (Countries mentioned here, various cultures meant.)

      • US: By anyone who is not Christian
      • Turkey: just barely a secular state with huge dissent on whether it will stay that way.
      • India, especially when talking about Moslems in government. Made that mistake once. Also topic of Kashmir in (religiously) mixed groups.
      • Indonesia, in particular on Java, where the faiths mix. My experience is with Moslems and Christians.
      • Taiwan: seem to think proselytism is strange (perhaps due to homogeneity this time?). Note: my friends also associate Christianity with US culture.
      • Not really bad form, but try taking a pro-Scientology view in Germany. See how your friends react. Some liberal* European societies are not that liberal.
      • Egypt: Topic to avoid if you are a Copt.


      * Liberal in the sense of liberalism.

      Edit: Added "By anyone" to first list item.