The environment you grow up in and people you find yourself surrounded by as your make your way through the maze of life has a profound impact on a person 's worldviews. I am no exception to this rule, and to illustrate this point I will detail how I was raised, what I believed, and how I came to start examining those beliefs a little closer. This critical examination of my own beliefs has led to change how I think about the world in an enormous way, and has had a massive impact on how I relate to and understand other people.
Developmental psychologists have provided evidence that children are naturally tuned to believe from figures of authority.A child’s brain is set-up to believe what is told by elders, even if what is told is nonsense. Children usually acquire the religious views of their parents.
29% said they came from an unspecified Christian family, 27% said Catholic, 26% were Protestant, 9% said none and a small 6% said they were atheists and their parents were atheists. They asked when they decided to stop their belief and 13% said they never believed, 29% said they did when they were less than fifteen-years-old, 37% said they decided to become atheist between the ages of 15 and 24 and 21% said they did past the age of 25. Finally they asked why they did become atheist. Almost half, 47%, said that it didn’t make logical sense to them, 12% said that it didn’t comply with conventional science, 9% said it was because of a negative experience when they were young, 15% said it was because of the hypocrisy of religion and the church, 3% said that God didn’t meet an expectation they had, and a surprising 6% said they couldn’t remember. Finally 21% gave very specific reasons why, saying that college opened their eyes or that there was a person in the sky watching them but also how patriarchal the church is and its obsession with obedience and punishment. This shows a trend in why most left religion. One is that it didn’t make sense nor does it work with science, or they did liked how the church felt or worked which pushed them away to soon become atheists.
In some occasions, like Tearsa and John’s case, the child sees this as constraint. Tearsa and John were afraid to exhibit any of their doubts to their parents due to their parent’s authoritative ways. This was common to see that highly religious parents’ children would develop a belief that the religion was the most important thing, (Flor & Knapp, 2001). So the fears of rejection from their own parents were higher. When none of their doubts were confirmed or denied, this resulted in a rejection of the religion. This case especially occurs if the child blamed the religion for the perceived negative methods of childcare from their
However, there are instances in which religion leaves a positive, lasting impression, that further influences the actions and beliefs of people. There are many people who have stood for what they believed in - literally, changed the way in which religion was perceived. An example of these types of people are Martin Luther, who’s teachings lead him to create and post the 95 thesis on church doors in Germany, which lead to John Calvin, and his purified approach to life. Between these two men, and because of these two men, are many more people with religious ideas and belief systems. Without the confidence of these people, religion would not of been able to fully develop into what it is
“Several researchers suggest that religion and spirituality provide children and adolescents a sense of meaning, self-esteem, coherence, and purpose in life” (Bryant-Davis et al., 2012. p. 308). Christians believe that when something bad or good happens, it is the will of God.
Growing up I was always told religion was false and that I was above my friends who were Christians because I believed in science. My mom was raised by Catholics, but when she graduated High School, she vowed to never be religious again. My father enjoyed feeling more elite over the “religious plebeians” that worked for him. I remember having an argument with Victoria Henderson in 3rd grade because I believed in The Big Bang and she was a creationist. Everyone took Victoria’s side, and I learned it was better to just not talk about religion. In high school, I began reaching out of my comfort zone, and also questioning what my parents had ingrained on me as a person. My first religious experience was dating a boy named Luis who was Catholic, as my mother was raised. He was only allowed to date Catholic girls, so I
More adults and families raising children are adapting a secular, non-religious, lifestyle than ever before. As stated in Phil Zuckerman’s LA Times article “How Secular Family Values Stack Up,” there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of American families who are raising their children without God. He also goes on to state that “23% of adults in the U.S. claim to have no religion, and more than 30% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say the same.” In the same article he goes on to state that the parents that are raising their children in this lifestyle are having success and
Throughout history, religion has impacted the lives of millions whether at school, work, with friends, or by some tragedy. Religion can change the way people view their existence. Religion also plays a big role in the infiltration of values into the loves of many young people today. In a recent pole printed in the USA Weekend Paper, “34% of respondents [said] Religion plays a powerful role in their everyday lives.” These student respondents “cited religion as the second-strongest influence in their lives outranked only by parents.” Religion also surpassed the world-renounced media as an influence in their lives (Lerman. 1).
Another argument against faith-based schools is that they do not provide an objective social and moral education for young generation. All religious philosophies have biased views on issues such as abortion or homosexualism. Therefore, children from faith-based schools have conservative views on modern society. For example, the Church of England forbids to do an abortion, Muslim institutions are against of sex before marriage, Jewish religion seem to be strongly in opposition of homosexualism. All these cases proves that in religious schools children raised in biased way and they are not adapted for modern world challenges(Gardner, Cairns, Lawton, 2005). Moreover, MacMullen(2008) states that children
The youth today are so buried in their phone, buried in a world of texting, social media, Netflix binging, buried in a world of pure laziness and no production. People waste most of their time watching videos or movies, being on social media all day or whatever other excuse there is to not focus their time on God, and eventually end up living most of their life without being an active religious follower. Social media became a place where the youth can share their ideas and views in many different religions. The youth can be pushed into one religion if they aren’t knowledgeable enough to direct themselves or they can open their eyes and keep in mind that there are other religions in which they can fall back to because of peer pressure.. Public schools teach the youth about the world’s religions which, again, can cause them to believe one is better than the other or have the freedom to pick and choose which religion best fits them. For example, someone may want to remain sexually active before marriage and they will pick a religion that allows that such as atheism, or may just become confused because of all the in depth knowledge about so many religions that they just think picking atheism is easier to live with and may just come to conclude that religion isn’t all that necessary. A
Individuals seem to develop a greater attachment to religion as they grown older. Religious belief is lowest among those under 34, and highest among those over age 55. Young people are not only less likely to participate in mainstream religious activity than older people; more than half of them say they don’t regard themselves as religious at all, as shown in such studies as the British Social Attitudes survey and the European Values study.
When I was growing up, religion was around me but I didn’t really pay too much mind to it. I would go to church rarely, a couple of times with my grandma and sometimes with my dad. My mom didn’t care about
Religion, whether we realize it or not, is a major element of American society (and also worldwide history). For many, religion is a significant part of their cultural identity. Religion plays a part in all levels of politics and is often an aspect of community events and organizations. Everyday, we all interact with people who have different religious backgrounds and personal beliefs. Children born into religious families are very connected with their religions from birth and this affects the way they will see the world for the rest of their lives. Even those who later explore other faiths or convert to other religious ideas will be affected in