If most theists were honest they would say "Because Mommy and Daddy made me go to church, and praise Jesus" but they won't because apparently it's not holy to admit your parents, community and society indoctrinated you into believing the religion you do.
The most annoying thins is that this stereotypes are aimed at Theists but are almost exclusively applicable to Christians, and not even applicable to most actual Christians, only this strawman idol of Christians
@briantheliberal, my parents raised me on Christian belief, I have studied the basics of other
religions, ex. (Darwinian-)atheism, Islam, Judaism, and stick to my Christian beliefs. Nearly all theists, especially Christians know the beliefs of atheism but find their beliefs to be better.
Also, isn't this supposed to be theist only? Get out of here!
I'm theistic because of the overwhelmingly apparent teleology that the universe exhibits. An intelligent designer is the most plausible explanation. Morality is evidently objective and such objectivity would require God's existence. The origin of all life depended on specified-complex information, and since intelligent beings regularly create specified-complex information, this strongly infers intelligent design. An eternal and personal cause is the most reasonable explanation for the cause of the Big Bang (timeless, spaceless, immaterial, causally-able). The only mathematically sound uncaused first cause must be sentient and eternal. Logical absolutes posit an abstract, invariant, and universal reality that presupposes an abstract, invariant, and universal mind. I could go on.
Briantheliberal: "Mommy and Daddy" took me to church my whole life and i dont share a religion with them. And i share most of your critisisms against religion but on this poll no one was saying anything offensive or any of that stuff they were having a civil comversation so you really dont have to insult them or be condescending.
Stefy, I was also raised a Christian and now, like you, I no longer share a religion with my parents either. Mostly because they aren't religious anymore now anyway but my point was, most religious people practice and believe in the the religion dominant in the area in which they live for a reason. If you go to Saudi Arabia, most, if not all people will identify with Islam. If you go to Israel, most people will call themselves Jewish. Here in the United States, Christianity is the dominant religion, and most people who live here identify as Christian. A lot of them say that it's because they genuinely have "a relationship with Jesus" but the real reason is because they were influenced by society. I never said all of them are religious because of this, but most of them are.
@briantheliberal, it's true that most Christians are raised into Christianity, but that isn't the reason they stick with it, nearly all Christians have experienced the hand of God. I might as well say that if most christian born atheists became atheists to avoid responsibilities.
The same thing could be said about atheists raised in mostly secular countries. A lot of them may say they became atheists because it's "logical" or "rational", but when asked to show their evidence they show a mentality not to different from a theist when demonstrating "blind faith"
I could remember vividly arguing with an atheist one time and asking them to actually show his evidence to his argument, because he said before that the evidence is "overwhelming". But all they did was accuse me of being a " brain-washed christian" (despite not being a christian and not making ANY mention of my religious view prior to his comment.) and then told me to "get educated and stop being arrogant with your faith" (not I made no mention of my religious views)
My parents never made me go to church, and I never used to strongly believe in God. But my grandmother was dying of Alzheimer's, and I realized how much I needed to believe in Him, and that I need His help.
I've have several spiritual experience through out my life. Starting with seeing a ghost when I was a small child. Today, i know that ghost was a demon. I also know that I'm spiritually awake. And I know that I'm not the only one, cause I see sign of spirit activity all over the world, all through out history. I get why the ancients started their religions. They were more sensitive to spirits than we are today, and they had a good grasp on human spirituality.
It's funny how in today's world people who are spiritually out of tune are trying to tell those who are spiritually in tune that spirituality doesn't exist.
I am a Theist because I know that after painfully studying various ethical philosophies for years...That a Supreme moral law giver is the only true way to ground an objective moral law.
I also know from personal revelation that God exists.