Evolution has hard-wired children to believe their parents. Little kids who didn’t heed parental warnings — everything from “Don’t wander into the jungle alone” to “Don’t stick that fork into the electrical socket” — seldom had descendants of their own. So human default behavior is to accept what the older folks say, in the absence of any reason to think otherwise. That’s especially true when there’s no way to check up on what they’ve been told.
That’s why there’s such a thing as a map of world religions. For any random person on Earth, chances are about 90% that they still believe whatever religion they were raised in.
On the other hand, you will not find an American astronomy, a Baptist biology, a capitalist chemistry, a mammalian math, or a feminist physics. There’s only one worldwide version of each, because they’re all based on demonstrable, testable, reproducible facts, not accidents of birth or matters of opinion. Conversely, religion is nothing BUT opinions, no facts involved, which is why anybody’s word on religion is just as good as anyone else’s (to wit, no good at all).
February 16, 2022