Saint, ''Belief'' in a particular system of ''religion'' in a bid to become more self-realized is not necessary. One could be a buddhist, then change to a christian because the object of the individual may realise that Christianity is more conducive to one particular level of development toward the goal of self-realization. If one expects to find miracles, divine healing, and resurrection in a religion, and becomes frustrated, or become atheist/agnostic because these things were nowhere to be found, then one will become atheist because the criteria he has set is exactly the same one an atheist would set. They are in effect two peas in a pod. It can explain something. jan.