Originally posted by Acolyte
It seems that the great majority of people in the world end up with similar religious beliefs to one or both of their parents; while I might disagree with my parents on some specifics, I'd also put myself in this category.
So, what do you think you have learned on religious matters from your parents? How much do you agree with their beliefs?
good thread topic...
my mother is very spiritual, but in a non-obtrusive way, which is to say she didn't try to force the good book on me. my father yawns his way through the motions each sunday -- he doesn't complain, but he would rather be somewhere else. i am probably somewhere in between the two.
but i think you are right that parents' beliefs shape the children's beliefs in a majority of cases. i guess there's little getting around that, as a by-product of family life. one thing i have enjoyed is that my parents have always given me room to make up my own mind. there's something dishonest, in my opinion, about going about it any other way.
which reminds me, have any of you seen the movie The Big Kahuna? that movie tackles similar issues, and i'd be interested to hear any opinions on it.