Hello and thanks for the welcome.
To elaborate a bit, I found that alternate viewpoints were either ignored or quickly labeled as “wrong” rather than seriously discussed, even though the beliefs I grew up in were quite a minority view. For example, our science books encouraged a very literal reading of the Genesis creation story without acknowledging the diversity of viewpoints that have long existed in the Christian tradition.
To be clear, it was not a lack of engagement or interest in the more intellectual/tougher issues that bothered me; these topics do not interest everyone and are certainly not required to be a good witness for Christ. It is more a matter of how you treat differing views. I think one has to acknowledge that his beliefs, no matter how strongly rooted in local culture, can be wrong. To me, this is especially important considering we are part of a global body of Christ. The traditional beliefs in the American Bible Belt may differ substantially from those of the Chinese Christian for example. I just think such attitudes can breed disunity, and really do a disservice to the faith, impacting both the perceptions of those outside the church and preventing us from acknowledging cultural prejudices and learning from one another.
To clarify the points above, I certainly believe in absolute truth, but, as fallible humans, think we need to approach questions and Scripture reading with humble and prayerful hearts. Love needs to permeate all we do. Also, to be fair, I think my crises in faith was due to a combination of the above issues alongside some more “practical” behaviors and beliefs I observed in those around me - most notably racism.
Thanks again and looking forward to learning from you all.