There is a thing I noticed: Among people who hold a particular religion or faith, there seem to be two types at least -- first, those who believe (or lack belief) because that's the way they were brought up by their family, and because most people in their environment share this respective belief (or lack of belief). Then, there is another group of believers: Those who weren't raised with their religion, and don't just swim with their environment, but discovered their religion/faith later in life, and often are at odds with their environment, because of it (or try to change their environment because of their believes). The latter group are usually more passionate about their religion, and more rigid. They took this religious identity because they really believe in it, so they want to take it seriously. The former group is usually more "relaxed" about their religion; for them, it's more tradition than genuine conviction, and while faith may be important for them, it's more a "gut thing" than a "mind thing". So to which group do you belong? A few questions for you: 1) Do you hold the same religious views as those who raised you (family, close friends) and because they raised you with these views? Or did you acquire your views later, abandoning what you were raised with? 2) Are your religious convictions and practizes similar to those people in your environment, or is your faith maybe even at odds with most people around you? 3) Do you think your religious views would be different, if you were brought up with a different religious education, or if most of your environment held different believes? 4) If your views are at odds with your environment: What does that mean for you? Is it more a hurdle that makes you doubt often, or is it rather a confirmation you are right? My answer: I am atheist, or maybe rather agnostic (I don't think there is any reason to believe God exists, but if convicing clues turned up, I might change my mind), and that matches the views of my close family members. My parents didn't raise me with a particular religion (but sent me to Protestant Christian religion education classes in school), and they are atheists or agnostics as well; at least, religion doesn't play a role in their lives. Most of my environment is the same. Most people I know are rather secular, many atheists, and those few who may hold certain religious believes don't take them very seriously, at least. So I am maybe just going the easy way. I didn't consciously pick my views, but I talked with believers and read a few things on religion, yet none of it has caused me to change my mind so far.