Busted Halo
feature : word on ths street
February 29th, 2008
Word on the Street : Faith Change?

“A recent study found that 44% of American adults have changed their faith from when they were children. Have you changed your own personal faith, and if so, why?”

Nathan, 22
"Yes, once, mostly just because when I was a kid I was involved in religion through my family and as i got older i strayed a little bit away from it. Not to say that I was ever forced into any religion but I guess as I came into my own I drifted away from it."
Evita, 27
"I am very confused. I was brought up Roman Catholic in a Hispanic family. But then I tried Buddhism and chanting, and now I'm just very confused. I don't know what I do right now. If I can try to find some quiet time for myself I think about what's going and I guess it's closest thing to praying, but I'm really lost in terms of actual religion."
Nathan, 25
"No, I haven't changed religions. My parents are Satsangis, an eastern religion, but I have never been religious. They've always just given me the choice. My mother was originally Catholic and my father was kind of ambiguous, and they both decided on their certain
path, but that they wanted me to have a choice for myself."
Penelope, 16
"No, I don't think I have. I think you should just be yourself, no matter what. I've known a couple of people that have and I don't think it's the right thing to do because you really lose yourself and you forget who you are, and that's bad. I believe in God and I believe that there is something looking out for us. I think we should all have faith because it's what keeps us alive, and keeps us going, and it's really helpful."
Trent, 37 (with Rosco)
"Yes I have, largely through my own exploration, from Christianity to Buddhism. I've been studying Buddhism most of my life. I was raised non-religious, I just went on my own because I was curious. But I find that all faiths are related."

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