Religion fascinates me. And the terminology and practices do as well. Historical and theological reasons for those practices, whether something is tradition or dogma, the fact that so many know so little about whatever religion they practice - all of that fascinates me. I try to avoid discussion of religion in this forum (or anywhere for that matter) because it is a topic extremely personal to so many. HOWEVER, I've been thinking...
Isn't it funny that only a Catholic is ever considered "lapsed"? Even the definition of the word lapsed from the online Miriam-Webster dictionary uses "lapsed Catholic" as the example of the use of the word.
But the definition is not exclusive of other uses, so why have I never heard of a lapsed Lutheran? Or a lapsed Methodist? What about a lapsed Hindu? Lapsed Buddist? Muslim? Jew? Certainly I've never heard of a lapsed satanist. If someone doesn't believe in any sort of god whatsoever, and then he changes his mind, could he be called a lapsed atheist? If someone finally made a commitment one way or the other, would he be a lapsed agnostic?
And I've only ever heard of a Christian being "born again." When really that would be more fitting for a Hindu.
These are the things that go on in my head. Triggered by someone's simple use of "lapsed Catholic." Used to be, I would just think this stuff and go on about my day, but NOW I can subject you all to my inane rambling thoughts. And ask: What inane rambling thoughts do you have? And if you were a lapsed something, what would it be? I'm most definitely a lapsed worker-outer. And a lapsed healthy eater. I really need to fix that.