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Do you still have the same religion as you were brought up in by your parents?

Asked by Frenchfry (7579points) August 2nd, 2010

I don’t actually far from it.

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wundayatta's avatar

I was brought up with no religion and I still have no religion.

Seek's avatar

My mother was an apathist (someone who never cared much) who married a Catholic that converted to Buddhism. She divorced him and married a backsliding Pentecostal, went apeshit for the religion for a few years, then fell back into apathy.

I’m an atheist.

gailcalled's avatar

I was raised as a Reform Jew with cursory nods to the holidays and rituals. Now I consider myself a secular Jew but always Jewish.

jfos's avatar

I was brought up to be Catholic. I am an atheist.

Not only because the religions I’m familiar with are far fetched and probably impossible, but because there is no proof.

SuperMouse's avatar

I was brought up Catholic, now I am Bahá’í.

MacBean's avatar

I was sent to a Methodist church on Sundays for a few years, but I was allowed to learn about and explore any religion I was curious about. And now I have my own personal spirituality, with bits that make sense to me taken from a lot of religions.

BoBo1946's avatar

Brought up Baptist and have not changed.

Blackberry's avatar

I was raised christian baptist, that whole singing in church crap, although my mother moved us away and she didn’t even follow a religion, but she just had a personal relation with god and didn’t require anything of me.

aprilsimnel's avatar

No. I think they’re still Pentecostals and Baptists while I’m atheist.

ucme's avatar

I was encouraged to make up my own mind….so I did. Well kind of, i’m agnostic for want of a better word.

Jude's avatar

I was brought up Catholic. I’m agnostic.

Facade's avatar

I was brought up with Christianity and am still a Christian.

eden2eve's avatar

Yes. Not because of them, but in spite of them.

downtide's avatar

I was raised atheist and am still atheist.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

My parents said they were atheists though later in life said they believed in some kind of god (more so my dad after my brother’s death, understandably). My grandmother taught me Christianity and I wanted to belong but once I really read the Bible at 12, I decided it’s not for me, whatsoever. I’m an atheist.

NormanL's avatar

I was raised a Methodist, but am more of a Deist.

Aster's avatar

I was “sent” to the Episcopal Church at age 5 , joined and stayed until 16.
I like many denominations and tend to prefer whatever church moves me spritually. My father kept his mouth shut about religion all that time; my mother was a Spiritualist but rarely attended. I’m a Christian and need to work on practicing it!

Your_Majesty's avatar

Buddhist -> Christian -> Atheist (and I’m so happy about it).

Fyrius's avatar

Not exactly.
My mother tried to pass her Roman Catholicism on to me. My judgement is that being a Rationalist Atheist is the saner option.

Aster's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir You read the Bible beginning with Genesis, found it impossible to understand so decided there’s no God? I don’t see the connection. Unless you mean you were so educated and sophisticated at that age you understood it well but didn’t like aspects of it so there must not be a God at all?
For example: God’s wrath outlined so completely in the Old Testament scared you so you said, “I do not like him so he does not exist.”

Fyrius's avatar

I suggest we try not to turn this into an “is religion right or wrong” thread. They rarely end well.

NormanL's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Your answer had nothing to do with the question. I agree with Fyrius.

whitenoise's avatar

I was raised an agnostic person and although I still am in the most literal interpretation, I am now so sincerely convinced that there is no god, that for all intents and purposes I have become an atheist.

One thing that changed a lot though, is that I was raised to have a lot of respect for religion and I have lost a lot of that respect. The flip side is that I have also lost a lot of the fear of Islam, in which I was raised.

Guess I just foremost care about people now. Sometimes that goes great with respecting religion and sometimes it doesn’t.

Aster's avatar

ok; I’ll leave the thread but still think I had good questions. (-;

Seek's avatar


How did @Simone_De_Beauvoir‘s response not answer the question? She said her parents were atheists, her family has had some religious influence since, and she is currently an atheist.

Answers the question quite succinctly, I think.

NormanL's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Yes, in her first post, but in her second post she began to preach.

Seek's avatar


Uhm… @Simone_De_Beauvoir has only posted once. Perhaps you were referring to @Aster ?

NormanL's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I made a mistake. I meant Aster, sorry.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I was “raised” Episcopal in a very Eddie Izzard “Cake Or Death” kinda way. My father never believed in God, and my mother said repeatedly that the reason she went to church was to hear the organ music (our church has a HUGE pipe organ, and the church is an old cathedral). When I was seven, they handed out Bibles to all the 2nd graders. I got about halfway through Genesis before deciding that it wasn’t easing any of my doubts about the validity of Christianity so much as making Disney movies seem realistic and threw it in the back of my closet as soon as I got home.

I’m an atheistic Buddhist now, with culturally Jewish leanings.

eden2eve's avatar

I’m confused… the threads end ok when they only contain “religion is wrong” posts?
Sometimes the “wrongistas” sound quite preachy to me.

lapilofu's avatar

Like @gailcalled I was raised a Reform Jew (or something like it… Jewish Renewal, actually) and am now a secular Jew—I sometimes say I am a cultural Jew, which I don’t consider a religion. I drift farther from Judaism in any form with each passing year.

Fyrius's avatar

Hypothetically speaking, an “is religion right or wrong” thread would end well if, after a peaceful and intelligent discussion between open-minded and generally reasonable individuals, the posters agree that it’s been a fruitful and enlightening exchange of ideas but it’s reached a point where nothing is left to be said.
That doesn’t usually happen.

lapilofu's avatar

@Fyrius Is there ever truly nothing left to be said?

Fyrius's avatar

At any rate, if all goes well, there comes a point where you feel the thread’s been going on long enough.
If all doesn’t go well, there comes a point where you walk out in frustration and decide never to talk to that person again.

lapilofu's avatar

@Fyrius A more than fair point.

whitenoise's avatar

Edit: removed by me, since the post it referred to was editted. ;-) Here to serve…

lapilofu's avatar

@whitenoise Fix’d. Thanks for the tip.

Jabe73's avatar

My mother’s side was Roman Catholic, my father’s side was Protestant. I no longer associate myself with neither of these religions or any religion for that matter. I’m not sure what I would consider myself now. Vivid personal experiences convinced me there is a spiritual world (at least personally) but not of that taught by any religion so I guess I would consider myself more of a Unitarian Universalist Deist.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

No, my family is Christian and I am an atheist.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Aster Not that it’s any of your business, but I found it laughable and contradictory in so many ways that I decided it wouldn’t have any part in my life and, thankfully, when I re-read it twice later for school and other reasons, my opinion remained this way. My atheism didn’t occur because of anything having to do with the Bible, by the way, but that book being what it is certainly didn’t sway me into religion, that’s for sure.

gypsywench's avatar

I was raised a Roman Catholic….. still one. Honestly I have some different ideas, but I love it. The history and art that goes with Catholicism, even the dogma. I don’t care. It’s fun being a Catholic.

cookieman's avatar

My mother was/is Roman Catholic and my father was vaguely Christian (but really didn’t care about religion one way or the other). Later in life, he became more “spiritual” and spoke of God more often.

My extended family is either Catholic or Protestant.

I’m agnostic which most of my family thinks is just awful.

Ron_C's avatar

I was raise Catholic. I learned not to impose religion on children. One of my daughters was a nominal Catholic for awhile, both are now atheists and chose not to impose religion on their children.

I have a grandson that went to a christian summer camp and I thought he was interested in religion, instead he was more interested in drawing pictures and the girls he met there.

That is about as close as I’ve been to my parent’s religion, except for a couple Catholic weddings which are really fun and a Baptist wedding that was a bust, no music and Kool-aide yuck!

NaturallyMe's avatar

I grew up in a Christian home, but somewhere along the way we all just drifted away from that, so none of us are Christian anymore. I believe in some type of God, but not in one that is vengeful and jealous (and other similar religiously related “God-like” attributes).

Dewey420's avatar

was spoon-fed from the cult of the baptist, until the day came when i stood up, cleared my throat, and calmly explained how I wouldn’t be attending church any longer. Ya right, I hid in my room every Sunday for 2 months until I was wrote off as a lost cause..a Judas.

Sarcasm's avatar

My parents were both raised Catholic. Until age 5, my parents took my siblings and I to church we stopped when we moved back to Virginia.
From then until now (Age 20), my parents have never talked to me about the existence of any kind of god. I’ve never even cared to ask them. I know that my father believes in evolution, and they’re both very pro-science, but they’re also both Republican.

So I guess you could say I was raised Agnostic, since I was never told that there is a god, nor that there isn’t a god.
I would define myself as an Atheist.
I suppose I’m not the same religion as I was raised, then.

Makstatic's avatar

My parents raised me as a baptist. Now I believe that God is a manifestation of our Superego and that Lucifer is a manifestation of our Id and you need both in life in order to be content. However, I still believe there is a higher power, whatever the hell it is.

London_girl's avatar

I started off Church of England, then became a Jehovah’s Witness, and finally ended up Episcopalian which is the same as Church of England. I believe in God. And I love church architecture and music.

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