Does your religion change you or do you pick and choose your religious beliefs to match your personality? Tom at Ephiphenom reviews a recent study that shows that HIV patients with a passive attitude toward their health (don’t take meds) have a passive view of God while those with a self-directing attitude toward their health (take their meds) have a “collaborative religious” view to God.
If you read Tom’s review you may walk away from his post feeling that religion forms you. But you can see by my summary above, my writing style implies that the causal direction is the opposite — you form your religion. What do you think? Either way, the causal component is probably very complex. Certainly some personality traits drive the person to pick and choose a religion to match itself while other traits make a person vulnerable to soaking up whatever doctrine they are raised with and using it to form themselves.
I find that people who hate “religion” in general (instead of the particulars) tend to think religion forms the person. Many posts on this blog try to show how often it is the other way around. Thus, getting rid of the religion is not really the solution because you always have the person.