cuchulain Posted July 18, 2017 Report Share Posted July 18, 2017 The question seems very basic I suppose. I thought I would share a little story, kind of an interesting thought to me. My mother died about a year ago. Throughout her entire life with my brother and I, she never brought up religious matters that I can remember. She never took us to church, but if we wanted to go she would give us a little money for the donation box. She never discussed the fallacies of any one group, she never brought anybody else's religion into anything that I can remember. She never talked bad about Atheism, Satanism, Paganism, or Christianity. I really had no clue what religion, if any, she was. I found out about an hour after her death, when we were discussing what kind of funeral service to have with the funeral director, that she was a Druid. Now, through my entire life, I had never considered she might have been what I was. My Grandfather was a devout Christian, non denominational. Meaning whenever I would stay at his house, I went to whatever random church he decided to go to on Sunday. So I rarely stayed over on Saturdays, needless to say. My Grandmother, I realize belatedly, was much like my Mother. She never discussed religious matters, but always went with my Grandfather. I assumed she was Christian, but maybe not? My Father was basically out of the picture for large portions of my life. He was an Army Sergeant for twenty years, and divorced from my Mother from the time I was five. I didn't see him at all between the ages of nine and fifteen, and when he got back I stayed one weekend and decided not to go back due to extremely abusive talk. When I grew up a bit more, I visited occasionally. He was devout Christian. My brother had become a Christian. I ended up an ex Druid, Stoic Atheist. It just all got me thinking about how family influences our religious choices, even when we don't quite realize it. I identified with my Mother for most of my life, probably a lot because she was the one who raised me for the most part. She listened when I talked about religion, she would interject historical perspective to the discussion, and never bad mouth anything. She never piped up and said she agreed or disagreed with my decision to be a Druid. I just find it somewhat remarkable, and amazing. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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