I was recently asked in an email interview why I am a Christian. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that the primary reason why I am a Christian is due to the fact I was raised in a Christian environment. It seems fairly obvious that our religious affiliation is most often determined by the environment we are born into than by particular theological convictions that we independently find agreeable. If were to be born in India to an Indian family, I would most like be Hindu. If I were born in Palestine, I’d most likely be Muslim and so on.
Of course there are exceptions and there are instances when some convert to a different faith than the one they were raised in or they give up on faith all together. But to say that our theology is not first decided by our familial or religious environment seems to dismiss the most crucial reason why we believe what we believe.