Being a vocal atheist appears to stir the pot a little. Although, it’s been tense and heated, I’ve been turning this around in my head as a more positive experience. It seems worth it, because a relative just came out to himself about the nature of his beliefs in a private discussion with me, prompted by an exchange between me and my aunt, a recent public airing of religious family drama. He’s not a christian anymore, and I’m getting the impression he’s hiding it from his mother and everyone else in the family.
So, this leaves me with the impression that belief in gods and the supernatural is based heavily on peer and family pressure. People are literally being bullied into believing in a god.