Where We are Born Determines Our Religion

...the accidents of birth and geography determine to a very large extent to what faith we belong. The chances are very great that if you were born in Pakistan you are a Muslim, or a Hindu if you happened to be born in India, or a Shintoist if it is Japan, and a Christian if you were born in Italy. I don't know what significant fact can be drawn from this -- perhaps that we should not succumb too easily to the temptation to exclusiveness and dogmatic claims to a monopoly of the truth of our particular faith. You could so easily have been an adherent of the faith that you are now denigrating, but for the fact that you were born here rather than there.


Desmond Tutu makes a thoughtful point about how our parents determine our religion, which means we should not claim a monopoly on truth by our own faith, which was determined by accident.

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 God Is Not a Christian
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Tutu, Desmond (06/ 1/11), God Is Not a Christian, Huffington Post, Retrieved on 2011-06-02
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  • Folksonomies: religion christianity secularism


    02 JUN 2011

     Our Religion and Politics are a Matter of Birth

    Where We are Born Determines Our Religion > Similarity > Teens Share Their Parent\'s Political Preferences
    These positions are more about the parents we are born to, and less about independent, rational formulation of ideas.
    Folksonomies: politics religion ideology
    Folksonomies: politics religion ideology