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Brad Pitt Recalls His Strict Religious Upbringing

Brad Pitt recalls his strict Christian upbringing, which he questioned at a young age, in GQ Style's summer issue.

Pitt describes his childhood in Springfield, Missouri, during the interview with GQ:

I grew up in caves. We had a lot of caves, fantastic caverns. And we grew up First Baptist, which is the cleaner, stricter, by-the-book Christianity. Then, when I was in high school, my folks jumped to a more charismatic movement, which got into speaking in tongues and raising your hands and some goofy-ass s***...

...I remember going to a few concerts, even though we were told rock shows are the Devil, basically. Our parents let us go, they weren't neo about it. But I realized that the reverie and the joy and exuberance, even the aggression, I was feeling at the rock show was the same thing at the revival.

One is Jimmy Swaggart and one is Jerry Lee Lewis, you know? One's God and one's Devil. But it's the same thing. It felt like we were being manipulated. What was clear to me was "You don't know what you're talking about..."

...No, it didn't f*** me up -- it just led to some eating questions at a young age.

In 2009, asked Pitt if he was spiritual or believed in a higher power, notes the New York Daily News.

"No, no, no!" Pitt replied. "I'm probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic. I don't think anyone really knows. You'll either find out or not when you get there, until then there's no point thinking about it."

"Religion works," Pitt told Parade in 2007. "I know there's comfort there, a crash pad. It's something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be all right in the end."

A poll released by the Barna organization on May 9 found that 28 percent of practicing Christians strongly believe that "all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that spiritual being."

Twenty-seven percent of Christians strongly agree that "meaning and purpose come from becoming one with all that is," and 32 percent of Christians strongly believe that "if you do good, you will receive good, and if you do bad, you will receive bad."

Ten percent strongly agree that "a belief must be proven by science to know it is true," and 13 percent of practicing Christians strongly believe that "a person’s life is valuable only if society sees it as valuable."

Twenty percent of Christians believe that "meaning and purpose comes from working hard to earn as much as possible so you can make the most of life."

In Matthew 16:24-26, Jesus told his disciples: "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" according to Bible Gateway.

Sources: GQ, New York Daily News, Barna, Bible Gateway / Photo Credit: chris_natt/Flickr

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