Brad Pitt in Parade Magazine: Religion “Didn’t Work For Me”
“I grew up Baptist, and then the family switched over to more of an evangelical movement, probably right around the time I was in late high school,” says the actor. But he didn’t make the transition with them.
“There’s a point where you’re un-tethered from the beliefs of your childhood,” explains Pitt. “That point came for me when it was finally clear my religion didn’t work for me. I had questions about Christianity that I could not get answered to my satisfaction, questions that I’d been asking since I was in kindergarten. Pitt adds, “I realized it didn’t feel right to me, that one question just led to another. It was like going down a rabbit hole, each answer provoking another question.”
One of the wedges between Pitt and religion is the topic of gay marriage. “What are you so afraid of? That’s my question. Gay people getting married? What is so scary about that?” he asks.
“You grow up in a religion like that and you try to pray the gay away. I feel sadness for people like that,” says Pitt. “This is where people start short-circuiting – instead of being brave and questioning their beliefs, they are afraid and feel that they have to defend them.”
The star says that while he and his family have different beliefs, there’s not a gulf between them. “My family is all devout Christians. Yes, absolutely,” says Pitt. “We don’t see eye to eye on this one, yet at the end of the day we love each other, we’re still family.”
Pitt clarifies that his beef with religion has to do with his view that it gives some people control over others. “I don’t mind a world with religion in it. There are some beautiful tenets within all religions. What I get hot about is when they start dictating how other people must live. People suffer because of it. They are spreading misery.” What do you think of Pitt’s opinion?