Black Christianity is all that needs to be said. If anyone has any experience with gospel fundamentalism, you know what I'm talking about.
Deep in church until 18. President of church's teen youth group. Gave sermons, woke up in the middle of the night to pray and worship God.
Then I got to college and everything changed. I became increasingly radical, anarchist, atheist and feminist. Thought about not voting for a while. Started to cool down a bit and discovered meditation and the Dhamma. Ever since then, lots of my ideas have been put into their proper focus.
But my Christian upbringing was full of great stuff - lots of moral training, fellowship with good people (albeit a bit deluded in many areas), and my own specific Christian practice was grounded on love, compassion and selflessness. These I took as basic Christianity, and I never saw why so many other Christians didn't realize it.
Family life was good but a bit unstable. Divorced parents fought a bit but then ended up cool with each other. Stepdad didn't understand us until a bit later, and now we're cool. But racial discrimination and constant relocations really shook me, as did being basically poor. But it also taught me resilience and sacrifice for the family, which served me well.
The good and the bad - amazing how they work together. I'm very happy to be a Buddhist now. Must have done something right in previous lives.