Is Inherited Belief Inherently False?

Five problems with believing that it is

It is a common understanding a person’s religious beliefs mostly correlate with the culture in which that person lives. It is popular therefore to think that religion is culturally conditioned. This would mean that on a societal level families are pressured by way of politics or economics to conform to a religious norm. This would also mean that on a personal level, children are pressured by way of indoctrination to conform.

Many conclude that religious belief is generally not so much about finding truth or trusting God, as much as it is about being brainwashed and forced to comply.

In his book The God Delusion, Dr. Richard Dawkins explained it this way:

If you are religious at all, it is overwhelmingly probable that your religion is that of your parents. If you were born in Arkansas and you think Christianity is true and Islam false, knowing full well that you would think the opposite if you had been born in Afghanistan, you are the victim of childhood indoctrination.[1]

Many people in many places have addressed this issue, but their arguments always seem to boil down to two main objections:

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Talking to Young People about Their Worldviews (Part 1)

In a previous post, I discussed the need to engage young people where theology and community intersect, namely their worldviews. In next three posts, I would like to address generational, spiritual, and practical considerations for doing so.

How is the youngest generation among us different from preceding generations?

Generational Considerations

The generational composition of the U.S. population has changed dynamically in the past twenty years. The two youngest generations have grown to make up nearly half of the population, the ubiquitous Millennials and the newly-named Generation Z. Up until recently, the lowest age brackets have been grouped together as Millennials. However, it has become clear that these two generations are distinct in many ways.

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