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View Poll Results: Have you always been an agnostic or athiest?
Yes - I was raised agnostic or athiest. 10 17.54%
No - I was raised with some religious background and chose to be agnostic or athiest. 47 82.46%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-12-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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One of the other threads brought this up, and I was curious to find out the results.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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As usual with these polls, I fall somewhere in between.
I went to a church school, but that's because all schools in the UK are essentially church schools.
I also went to church but not usually with my parents - I was a girl guide (girl scout) and part of that was going to church once a month. Other than that my church attendance was Christmas, Easter and weddings. I attended a couple of Sunday schools but loathed it, so my parents didn't force me to go back. My religious upbringing was wishy-washy and I suspect my parents were secretly atheists since we never discussed religion at home. Going to church was just something you did... well, just because that was what people did. I remember once asking my mother if she believed in god and she said she didn't really know. That was the sum of any religious discussion with my parents. Never even thought of asking my dad for some reason. It just wasn't an issue in our house. I do remember both my parents being quite scathing about people who displayed crosses prominently in their houses.

So I didn't believe in god from an early age**. I don't know if it was a 'choice' exactly. I've said before, I don't think you choose what to believe - it's just something you arrive at by means of what you understand / learn about the world. My brother was always very into science and some of that enthusiasm rubbed off on me. We both watched 'cosmos' on TV - I'd have been 10 or 12 years old I think, and our parents took us to excellent natural history museums (fortunate to have excellent local ones) so I never though that creation stories were anything other than myths.


I'd probably fit better into your "I was raised with some religious background and chose to be agnostic or athiest." category better than the first one, except that I don't think you choose what to believe.


**However, it wasn't until well into adulthood that I realised I was atheist.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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I created another poll for people who answer no to this one:
Converts from a faith - were you ever doubt free?

the point of the other poll is to find out how many "true believers" convert. I was always a doubter and most of the formerly religious I know express similar sentiments. Just wondering how common it is.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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I went to a church school, but that's because all schools in the UK are essentially church schools.
Interesting, I did not know that.

Can you explain why that is?
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:45 AM
 
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Interesting, I did not know that.

Can you explain why that is?
Because there's no separation of church and state in the UK. The Queen is head of the church and all schools have compulsory RE lesson up to around grade 9 as far as I remember. That might have changed now. RE lessons weren't really what you'd class as lessons in religion though. It was more learning moral lessons and learning about other cultures.
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:00 AM
 
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I picked the first option, although like Cruithne, that is not entirely accurate. My folks joined the Unitarian church when I was young. Religion was not spoken of much when I was growing up. I wasn't raised an atheist, just non-religious, and not indoctrinated in any specific belief system. I did not self identify as an atheist until I was a teen, even though I clearly was one.
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:19 AM
 
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Because there's no separation of church and state in the UK. The Queen is head of the church and all schools have compulsory RE lesson up to around grade 9 as far as I remember. That might have changed now. RE lessons weren't really what you'd class as lessons in religion though. It was more learning moral lessons and learning about other cultures.
Thank you. Learn something new every day!
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:00 AM
 
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Because there's no separation of church and state in the UK. The Queen is head of the church and all schools have compulsory RE lesson up to around grade 9 as far as I remember. That might have changed now. RE lessons weren't really what you'd class as lessons in religion though. It was more learning moral lessons and learning about other cultures.
What makes this really interesting is that "irreligion" is the "...second-largest viewpoint on religion after Christianity, larger than the combined populations of non-Christian religions in the UK, and also the largest growth between the two censuses." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreli...United_Kingdom

So apparently, religious education in schools does not do a very good job of indoctrinating kids! Or at least the UK version of it, which actually sounds rather innocuous.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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My response doesn't fit so perfectly with the options.

I wasn't necessarily raised as an atheist but religion was not a part of my childhood environment. It was never taught at home. So I was a natural skeptic by nature, when introduced to it bu friends.

And I didn't really chose to be an atheist. I just happened to realize one day that I was, after discovering the definition online.

So for me, it was more of an organic process, than choosing and being taught.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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Born to two agnostic atheists (one catholic apostate and one jewish apostate). Became a born-again christian at age 20. Started to lose my faith at around 33. Got baptized again because the first one obviously either wore off or just didn't take. Explored deism for a while, reveling in the writings of Paine, Alcott, and Tindal. Celebrated my 35th birthday by coming to terms with the realization that I just don't know and don't really give a ****.
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