"Incidentally, it's a non-starter to claim you have faith in science. Things with evidence require no faith. Science is the exact opposite of faith as it obliges people to deal with what is evidently true by dispensing with belief in things for which there is no way to actually know it."
"Now, it's possible this gal has been locked away from all of society such that her mental processes have been carefully contrived through the privation of intellectual liberty common among our society. I don't think it's likely given that she knows you."
I understand your comment but I think you are oversimplifying a complex issue. You are not giving the credit that is due to primary socialization. When the person is also getting secondary socialization from a group with similar thinking/behaviors to the primary caregiver it's more difficult to draw on ones own ideology.
Eventually there will be a point wherein the intelligent person struggles with cognitive dissonance and comes to their own system of belief. This, according to sociologists usually happens around the age of eighteen in America (which is why people choose their faith at this age). I absolutely hold her mother accountable for being ridiculous. She is so ridiculous in fact that she didn’t have a discussion about menstruation with this girl until it was time for it to happen. Such subjects I have found out were taboo in their home. This illustrates the nonsensical sheltering that was going on.
You could make the argument that she still has her own mind to figure things out. But it’s a proven fact that people in dysfunctional homes tend to think in a dysfunctional manner. I.e. even though society says incest is wrong, a person living in a home where that is taking place may think it is normal. They may not challenge that until they get old enough to engage in the process of cognitive dissonance. While this is an extreme example the position of the argument holds true.
I have spoken with her several times lately and believe that she is reaching that point in her life and right on schedule…She is extremely bright and I believe she will throw away unhealthy religious ideas and hold on to healthier ones. Even if religion is just a crutch and there is no god, she can still benefit from the structure that religion provides. Religion is a way that many people learn self control and patience among other things; this is the benefit to which I speak, regardless of what religion the person chooses.