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Bad Atheist Arguments: Religion by Location

Argument: You only believe in that religion because of where you were born and raised.

Response: This argument is essentially a claim that your religion of choice wasn't really a choice, but imposed on you by culture, ethnicity, and location. While it was true in the past, before world travel, mass migration, and advanced communications, that people were likely to remain in the religion of their birth, that isn't the case any longer. In fact, it hasn't been the case since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Men such as Swami Vivekananda (1893), Swami Rama Tirtha (taught in the U.S. in 1902), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1920) each brought their particular schools of Vedic religion to the West in the years noted. Yogananda in particular met with significant success in converting Westerners to Hinduism. *Currently, statistics show that 10% of American Hindus are converts to the religion. 
This argument also ignores the reality that in the U.S., Christianity has sig…

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