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What does one's family/home environment have to do with their choice of religion as an adult?

What If Billy Graham had been born and raised in India by a devout Hindu family, or L.Ron Hubbard had been born into a fifth-generation Mormon family in Utah? What forces are at work when someone breaks with their family religious tradition?

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      Nov 26 2011: I think this (your latest) entry was meant to be a response to my response (below). You need to click-on the red word "Reply" when conversing with someone in particular.
      So, your current position on spiritual matters (religion) was reached via several exploratory excursions including; your environment , religions in general, and your intelligence. You sir, have answered my question. Thank you.
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      Nov 26 2011: As an adult Noel, have you chosen to not align yourself with any religion and to subscribe to Intelligen Design because of the environment in which you were raised? Or, do your choices constitute a departure from your family's religious tradition, if any?
  • Nov 24 2011: I normally do not discuss religion for a simple reason. It is personal, it should be the result of some level of study / introspection and one should be free to choose. Adopting a religion because it's the family or local religion (social?) seems strange for something that so many tout as so important, particularly since there are thousands of "brands" for lack of a better word, most of which believe theirs is the one and only God....Buddhists and Confucians excluded.
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      Nov 26 2011: I couldn't agree more Stephen that discussions about religion rarely end well. I phrased the question as specifically as I could to avoid contention and strife. I also agree with you that deciding on a position regarding spiritual things is quite important. I really wonder how often the response "That's how I was raised." would come up if a question like "Why do you hold the belief you do?" were asked in a man-on-the-street poll. My guess is it would be the number one or two answer. What do you think, and,what is your answer?
      • Nov 26 2011: I suspect you are right but I would also not be surprised if a very significant number of people had answers with more substance for their religious convictions. One other point that might also be made is given religion is personal, someone believing that energy is constant and we simply become stardust again might easily be construed as a religion (actually a somewhat reassuring thought in some respects). And on that note it's probably best we leave this arena....see you "wherever"
        someday.
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    Nov 23 2011: THIS WAS MEANT TO BE A REPLY TO FRANS, MY MISTAKE.
    Then might it be, Frans, that when a person chooses, no matter what, to continue in the family tradition it is a choice driven by cultural convention and not by the desire for truth? Further, if the pursuit of truth is a person's priority they will deviate from family and cultural tradition if they believe truth lies elsewhere. Just as an example, not all Buddists were born and raised in Buddist homes.What force is responsible for driving someone to abandon their natural born family/cultural mandate?I think one force, or influence, is social. For example a Catholic boy meets a lovely Jewish girl and becomes a Jew so he can marry her. He's not looking for truth, he's looking for love.I think we might be surprised at the answers if we were to ask the man-on-the-street, "Why is your belief about spiritual matters (your religion) what it is?"
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    Nov 23 2011: The community in which one grows up has everything to do with the religion he or she follows as an adult unless that person estimates truth higher than social environment.