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    somone doesn't follow a religion

    Hi
    I know anyone who doesn't believe in the existence of God called atheist, but what about someone who believes in God but doesn't follow/practise a certian religion or doctrine. Is there a term?
    I think of believer but maybe this is a general term.
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    #2

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    non practicing.

    Tiger Woods is a non practicing Buddhist.

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    #3

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    Is it a full sentence to say I'm non practicing? Won't the listener ask non practicing what?

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    #4

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    I think he is called monotheist , but I am not sure

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    #5

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    As far as I remember;

    A deist believes in a creator (of the universe) but does not believe in religions.
    A theist believes in a creator and is a member of a religion.

    I hope I remembered it correctly.

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    #6

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    You can say:
    I don't practice any one religion.
    I don't follow any one religion.
    I am non-religious.

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    #7

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Hi
    I know anyone who doesn't believe in the existence of God called atheist, but what about someone who believes in God but doesn't follow/practise a certian religion or doctrine. Is there a term?
    I think of believer but maybe this is a general term.
    Thanks
    I think that even if there is a term expressing exactly your idea, in this situation, for the sake of clearness, it is important that you state it fully.

    "I believe in God but I don't follow any specific doctrine or religious system."

    By the same token that it is not so easy for you to find the "correct" word here, it may be not easy for your interlocutor to understand it.

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    #8

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    I think that "theist" is the closest.
    The main problem with saying you believe in 'God', while not having a belief system behind it, is that it is meaningless. What do you mean by 'God'?
    Here are some possible meanings:
    - the creator of the universe
    - the sustainer of an afterlife
    - a supernatural being who cares about you
    - a being who suspends the laws of physics if you ask it to
    - a source of morality
    - the author of a holy book
    - anything supernatural
    - many more things
    These things are not necessarily connected. Saying that you believe in an undefined God says nothing except that you are not an atheist (by definition).

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    #9

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    Just for information, in BrE it's "practising". The verb is "to practise", "practice" is a noun "a doctors practice", for example.

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    #10

    Re: somone doesn't follow a religion

    A theist believes a god created the world, etc., but doesn't think the creator is watching.
    A deist believes God created the world, and knows even the number of hairs on our heads, and keeps track of all the nice things we do.

    You could call your friend not very religious, not spiritual, or non-practising.

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