They may be raised in a particular religion, but they might not agree with it. Three religious belief systems, Christian Identity, World Church of the Creator, and Odinism/Wotanism, have especially helped reinforce pride in the white race and the develop-ment of white ethnic identity.2 Christian Identity The beliefs of Christian Identity (Identity) are indeed complicated and not all Identity sup- porters agree on all aspects of the religious tenets. I am not supposed to cut any hair, even my facial hair, and because culture and religion go together, I do not wear pants that are too baggy or too tight. How does religious belief and activity affect the brain? Searching back to its beginnings, religion has a profound impact on cultural identity through the presence of deep and ancient roots that connect a people to their glorious, memorable and often idealized histories. The role or character of 'religion' varies with an ethnic or social group, and thus religion is a more important factor for self-identity in some peoples than in others. The question of Christian identity. Created with Sketch. A discussion of the role of religion in the concept of ethnicity. These comments on the search for the essence of Christianity, the task of defining the core of the faith tradition, demonstrate that the question of Christian identity is at stake at all times. This can cause a feeling of fear and frustration as this can hold someone back from forming or voicing their true beliefs in relation to their identity. The role or character of 'religion' varies with an ethnic or social group, and thus religion is a more important factor for self-identity in some peoples than in others. Being immersed in a particular religion can also have the opposite effect on a person. Key Words: Identity, Religion, Ethnicity, and youth Introduction Recent developments in the field of social sciences in general and sociology in particular suggest a gradual tendency towards revival of interest on the issue of religion and identity. A discussion of the role of religion in the concept of ethnicity. By equating a given religion with the success of a society often times national pride and religious pride become intertwined. 'My religion as a Sikh affects everything I do, even the food that I eat — I am a vegetarian because of my religion — and my appearance.