Brad Pitt blames his parents' Christian beliefs for making him an atheist. Do you think this is possible?
In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, he said his parents, who were Baptists, raised him with "by-the-book Christianity", adding that this "just led to some eating questions at a young age."
He said: "We grew up First Baptist, which is the cleaner, stricter, by-the-book Christianity. Then, when I was in high school, my folks jumped to a more charismatic movement, which got into speaking in tongues and raising your hands and some goofy-a** [expletive]."
This goes with what the recently divorced actor said in a 2015 interview with The Telegraph, where he basically said that his strict Christian upbringing led him to become an atheist.
There, he said his parents instilled him and his siblings "with all the Christian guilt about what you can and cannot, should and shouldn't do."
"Religion works," Pitt added. "I know there's comfort there, a crash pad. It's something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be all right in the end."
The article also stated that "[Pitt] now describes himself as an atheist."
So, is a strict Christian upbringing really capable of making someone doubt the existence of God?
Speaking from my own experience, I would say no.
My parents are seriously devoted Catholics (my dad more than my mum). Just like Pitt, I was raised in a strict Christian household. You had no choice but to accept this way of life.
Also like the actor, who said he questioned religion in high school and in college, I went through the same phase where I questioned EVERYTHING my parents (religion) had taught me.
I got to secondary school, and experimented with the Protestant way of doing things. This continued even in University.
However, I never stopped believing in God, my problem was and is still with religion.
I think stepping away from my parents' teachings and seeing things for myself made me appreciate God even more.
My parents may have raised me in strict Christian household because that was probably all they knew how to do, but this did not turn me away from God.
Rather, it took me back to Him. Trying the Catholic approach, then the Protestant way, did not change the fact that there is a God, it only emphasised it.
Also, having a strict Christian, sometimes confusing and frustrating upbringing, made me fight to find my way to God which only made me appreciate it more when I got there.
Still, I understand that being raised in an 'extreme' way could make one go the opposite way (atheism), but I don't think we should put the blame of all our choices on how we were raised.
I think a strict Christian upbringing could make you wary of overly religious people (the Pharisees and the Sadducees, who were rebuked by Jesus Christ on numerous occasions, comes to mind), not make you doubt that God exists.
What do you think? Do you think a strict Christian upbringing can make someone doubt the existence of God?