Nature versus Nurture is an age old argument when it comes to education, however what about your spirituality: can a person be naturally inclined towards one particular style of spirituality or not?
Obviously there are a number of factors that would need to be taken into account when debating something like this. The first that occurs to my mind is the sheer breadth and depth of the spectrum of spirituality. To accommodate this it might be fairer to argue whether or nor a person can be naturally drawn to certain spirituality traits. For example polytheism over monotheism, or perception of deity as a concept over perception of deity as existing.
Along those same lines, does nurture determine the spiritual traits that a person is most drawn to? There would seem to be some evidence that this is at least partly true as a number of pagans-heathens, myself included, come to paganism-heathenry from another spirituality after personally nurturing ourselves through research into ‘whats available’ (yes, its crassly put but succinct). However, this could be as much an argument for the nature side. It could be argued that a person comes to paganism-heathenry BECAUSE their nature is telling them that it is what they want/desire, as opposed to whatever they had previously.
Naturally, the movement is not one sided. A person that converts from X to Y could just as easily be the subject of the debate as a person who has become pagan-heathen.
I don’t believe that there is a clear cut one over the other. What do you think?