Originally posted by TheProdigy
I could be wrong, but I do believe the founder of Aikido, O'sensei, was in fact also a Christian. Of course his beliefs also went beyond just Christianity, I have heard or read that he was one also.
Aikido is an art to help bring you back into harmony. Regardless if blend it with religious beliefs or not, it is very beneficial. And by the way, I do know of several practicing Christian aikidoka.
The Founder was a follower of Omotokyo. It's one of the so-called "new religions" of Japan. Definitely not Christian.
OTOH, The Founder said that Aikido was not a religion but might aid one's religion.
I'm a fairly serious Roman Catholic. I've been studying aikido for over six years. Most of that time has been at the Pentecostal church my instructor attends.
My being Catholic and my instructor being Pentecostal has never bothered our aikido or the other way around.
It might be different for you.
In short, it's all about your own beliefs.