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Why are we not given a choice about religion? Gavroche - 30/04/2004 04:10:38 PM

Religious belief is typically handed down to us by our parents (yes, I know, there are exceptions too). This is the typical scenario though. For example, I'm Catholic, and that's completely because of my parents. Most religious parents take their children to worship all through their childhood, and it basically indoctrinates the child.

I mean, now, if I wanted to suddenly I wanted to become Hindu, I couldn't because my Catholic beliefs have become instilled too deeply, and I can't really change now. Maybe that's not the case for everyone, but it is for me.

And so, we're not really given a choice as to what we should believe. If our parents are Catholic, we're going to be Catholic, if our parents are Lutherans, we're going to be Lutheran, and so on. And even belief in no religion comes from parents, if our parents are athiests, then more likely than not, so are we.

So, we don't really have a choice. How is that fair though? Shouldn't we wait till we're in the late teen years, or at least mature, so that we can make an informed decision?

I mean, I think it would make so much more sense if I had been brought up being told about all the options, and always being able to ask for more information about various religions, and then, when mature and sensible enough, I could make a decision that would affect the rest of my life.

What are your thoughts?


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Why are we not given a choice about religion? - 30/04/2004 04:10:38 PM 233 Views
you have many choices. - 30/04/2004 04:14:10 PM 20 Views
Everyone can change, its just a matter of being open to change - 30/04/2004 04:14:39 PM 22 Views
I'm not saying necessarily that I want to change - 30/04/2004 04:17:32 PM 13 Views
All religions basically say the same thing, anyway - 30/04/2004 04:26:21 PM 17 Views
Wow, I think thats really off... - 30/04/2004 04:22:36 PM 30 Views
Because Parents do what they think is best for us... - 30/04/2004 04:24:37 PM 29 Views
I chose - 30/04/2004 04:41:40 PM 25 Views
I agree. - 30/04/2004 10:09:20 PM 7 Views
Well, yeah, there lies the paradox. - 30/04/2004 05:08:45 PM 19 Views
I've always agreed with you! - 30/04/2004 05:11:57 PM 10 Views
I AM the exception - 30/04/2004 05:23:06 PM 10 Views
Re: Why are we not given a choice about religion? - 30/04/2004 05:23:20 PM 10 Views
Don't flame me - 30/04/2004 05:43:30 PM 18 Views
You used your choice when you chose your parents - 30/04/2004 05:44:13 PM 23 Views
chose my parents? *NM* - 30/04/2004 05:56:50 PM 6 Views
Ignore the irrational spiritualist. - 01/05/2004 04:52:30 AM 13 Views
Re: Ignore the irrational spiritualist. - 01/05/2004 06:58:48 PM 7 Views
Re: chose my parents? - 01/05/2004 06:57:05 PM 8 Views
You're a spiritualist? *NM* - 30/04/2004 08:08:35 PM 3 Views
i totaly agree with you - 30/04/2004 05:45:08 PM 11 Views
I beg to differ - 30/04/2004 05:59:53 PM 35 Views
very good points.. - 30/04/2004 07:55:14 PM 11 Views
Well generally you do have a mind of your own - 30/04/2004 06:02:19 PM 11 Views
Mainly for one reason - 30/04/2004 06:18:24 PM 7 Views
completely different here - 30/04/2004 06:44:40 PM 8 Views
Best comment on it? - 30/04/2004 07:42:46 PM 13 Views
Interesting, but . . . well, let's discuss. - 30/04/2004 10:06:59 PM 12 Views
That is the way religion works. - 30/04/2004 10:11:43 PM 18 Views
That's the way ALL ideologies work, really. - 01/05/2004 05:11:17 AM 10 Views
There is only one real choice - 30/04/2004 10:54:55 PM 7 Views
We are given a choice - 01/05/2004 12:15:59 AM 10 Views
And yet, nevertheless, 80% of people share their parents' religion. *NM* - 01/05/2004 04:53:00 AM 4 Views
Because it is easier - 01/05/2004 09:44:07 AM 7 Views
Nah... because that's the way human psychology works. - 01/05/2004 02:23:00 PM 6 Views
You are. - 01/05/2004 08:07:24 AM 11 Views
My thoughts? - 01/05/2004 09:34:51 AM 8 Views