Parental Influence

In a survey of students in my World Religions class this semester only 12 out of 46 characterized themselves as being religious. The question at hand is not about the 25% of the class who are religious, but rather what accounts for the 75% who are not actively involved in religion. The first point to be made is the rest of the class are interested in matters religious. Otherwise they would not be enrolled in this class. I believe the majority are not actively religious because of home environments. Most of what we believe is influenced by what we are taught in our homes or schools. The 34 students who are not religious are probably reflecting non-religious home environments.   So, I believe that if students are not religious, it probably is reflective of how they were raised. If parents are not practicing a religion, their offspring likely won’t be either.

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