Religion has always been a choice. Even before the age of reason. You might be burned at the stake for heresy, but you had a choice.
I love the fact that we have greater freedom, to explore the meaning of religion and spirituality. This is so valuable. We have so many resources and an ability to use them (reading, internet, printing, etc).
I agree with the Fundamentalists that we have, as a society, moved to far toward the secular and have lost a great deal of our humanity and sanity, but that's not the most important dynamic involved. Even the Fundamentalists lose sight of Truth and favor their own egotistical view of their own Holy Book.
And yet, there is a great deal to be said for being born into a religion and humbly holding to it. Why? Because humility is a most precious ingredient. It is the antidote to ego, and ego is the source of all evil, including our own spiritual blindness.
Ego is the invisible illness that plagues every aspect of human society.
So many skeptics blame religion. So many believers blame science. But both are wrong. Both are missing the one element common to all evil -- all selfishness -- the heart of selfishness, itself: ego.
Now that I know this, it matters less to me if I am "trapped" in the religion of my birth, or select a different religion. Humility to truth, whatever that truth turns out to be, is far more valuable than the dogma of any one specific religion.
And yet, I hunger to go beyond mere humility. I would like to understand the mechanics of our entrapment (our spiritual death) so that I can build within myself a more perfect escape -- a more perfect return to spirituality and to the oneness that some have named "God."
I wonder, for instance, about the Christian desire to "follow Christ." Some have very strict ideas about this. I wonder if Gautama Siddhartha Buddha was following Christ in the purest sense of the term, when he gave up the false self of this world to reawaken the true self of spirit. Could Mohammed have "followed Christ" in the cave? Is it possible that many Christians who profess to "follow" Christ are actually going in the opposite direction -- thumping their own egos as did the Pharisees?