My Family's View On Religion

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Families are generally expected to agree on religion. My family, however, is split between a significant number of staunch atheists and ardent Catholics. While my maternal grandfather sadly passed away before I was born, neither he nor my grandmother, who passed while I was quite young, were particularly faithful and as a result my mother and her sisters developed into atheists. In contrast, both my paternal grandparents, who passed away several years ago, were both devout Catholics and they raised my father and his brothers to be the same until they each suffered a different crisis of faith. As I matured, I followed in my mother’s footsteps and became a staunch atheist. All in all, my family has a number of different views on religion and …show more content…
She was raised by parents who were mostly apathetic to religion. Her father died when she was quite young and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 8. My mother was unfortunate enough to spend most of her childhood and early adulthood with impoverished family of two sisters and single mother in a country that was not her own. Due to a mix of this poverty, the lack of value that her mother put on religion my mother would go on to take up atheism rather than any form of religion. My mother ended up an atheist and would later influence my own decision to reject religion as …show more content…
My paternal grandparents both grew up in traditional Catholic nations. My paternal grandfather’s faith saw him through hard times and he made his gratitude known by remaining loyal to the Catholic Church, it’s a small wonder that he never joined the clergy in an official capacity. His wife, my maternal grandmother, was scarcely exposed to other religions and her devotion was only further strengthened by her happy marriage to her devout husband. In contrast both of my maternal grandparents were raised traditionally but shaken by war. My paternal grandfather saw horrible things during his time in India and could not believe that any loving god would allow them to happen. His wife reacted similarly while tending to the many victims of war and their lack of faith would influence their daughters, including my mother, to take up atheism rather than religion. My father however remained faithful due to his parents influence but in a cruel twist would have they very same faith shaken when they died. My mother’s subtle influence combined with my predilection towards logic and reason would lead to my atheist beliefs. While I may not agree with all of their beliefs, I have no shame in sharing the diversity of my family’s

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