Just windering how many people around on here were raised non-religious, as opposed to those who were raised in religion?
Raised a cultural Jew by a mum who was booted out of her Orthodox family for marrying her goy boy. No love lost on her part, hence secular little me! My sons are the same - raised with a lean towards Jewish cultural identity, but none of the other rubbish.
I left religion nearly 7 months ago. I was raised baptist by parents and considered becoming catholic until I decided become enlightened. And joined this community friendly and honest free thinkers. I mentioned this in several other posts that I wish I left the dark years ago or raised as a non believer. Religion is why I a number of issues.
Parents non practicing xians. I was the regular church goer in childhood. When I was eight My doubt grew as questions went unanswered.. by time I was 13, I was a non believer. Didn’t even know what an agnostic was. Became an atheist in my early 20’s. Raising my children that way.
Neither. Religion literally wasn't discussed in our house. My grandma that I rarely saw took me to church a couple times and that was the extent of my knowledge of religion.
This actually caused me to be very, very confused about what I believed when I hit my late teens. I didn't know what an atheist or agnostic was, I didn't know not believing in God was an option, I didn't know how to pray. I tried talking myself to church a couple times because I thought that's what "good" people did. I hated going because the stuff they were spouting off made no logical sense to me.
It was actually George Carlin that shined a light for me that I desperately needed. I caught one of his stand-up specials one night on TV and it changed my view on life. I began researching this whole 'atheism' thing and for the first time all the mysteries of the universe made sense to me.
I was raised a Christian with a fundamentalist tilt (anti-evolution, anti-homsexual, no ordination of women, etc.) but finally de-conveted in my 50's. The baggage was very weighty, but once it was thrown overboard, I was finally liberated. As a result of being brought up in such a faith, and memorizing large portions of the Bible, I now see the Bible for the sham that it is, and am likely biased in my views. Namely, that the Bible is a worthless piece of trash, and religion has, on the whole, been a net negative.
This is an interesting question for me. Because really, the answer is neither.
While god and jesus were not worshiped in an active manor by my family while growing up (pre or post divorce), it was always in the background. Something that just was, along with the rest of the background noise of home life.
It took reading part way into a picture bible to really get me to start examining the belief (though not right away). And it took a year long crisis to drive the belief out, and something new in. It was less a learning process than it was an acceptance.
To put around 6 or so months into a nutshell:
"Maybe god isn't angry, or making me face evil. Maybe there just isn't anything there".
I grasped the concept even before I learned the word we associate with it.
Raised by parents who were raised Catholic and Anglican, but never once pushed any kind of religious belief on me, nor did they tell my about any myths relating to a god or Jesus. There were the very rare, "C'mon, get dressed, we're going to church" kinds of things, that were mostly for community show I believe, not a single reason was ever given as to why.