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Re: "sexuality and religion come from your imprint in an early age"
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2012, 11:30:11 am »
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Some random questions/thoughts:

If the imprint idea was true, then wouldn't anyone converted continue to hold onto the old religion, which would then influence subsequent generations? I mean, this happens anyway, but it's one more example of how nothing would be truly, purely Christian. Though I'm sure there's a nature vs nurture issue here.

 
Most all of the Christians I knew, and certainly the more fundamentalist ones, didn't believe in the concept of nature v nurture, and basically believed everything was a choice. Sort of. It hurts my head to think about.

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Re: "sexuality and religion come from your imprint in an early age"
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2012, 12:02:05 pm »
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I think a lot depends on the individual and how well the original "imprint" took. Some people imprint lightly and therefore will have relatively see trouble changing worldview while some people imprint deeply and will have relatively more trouble changing worldviews.

Christianity never really "took" with me and my exposure to it was from Methodism which is tends to be lighter on the imprint than Catholicism or a fundamentalist Protestant variety.

 
This, absolutely.  For whatever reason, the Christian imprint never took for me.  I tried to make it take, but it was a lot like many people are describing here - it never quite jived with my worldview, and I'd find myself having to alter my thinking patterns just to fit in with it.  I got sick of that quickly :).  My dad was an atheist, and though he never said anything about it to us kids, maybe it rubbed off a bit despite my mother's attempted indoctrination.  Now I'm just a good old nature lover, which was imprinted on me at an early age, and I guess it took much better.  It always felt very right to me, a happy relaxation from the rigid thought-policing I'd had to do when attempting to be a Christian.
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