In high school, "I had crises of faith," Pitt, 43, tells Parade.
"I'd go to Christian revivals and be moved by the Holy Spirit, and I'd go to rock concerts and feel the same fervor," he tells the magazine in its new issue. "Then I'd be told, 'That's the Devil's music! Don't partake in that!' I wanted to experience things religion said not to experience."
Pitt, who took up journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, says when he started questioning religion, "It wasn't a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self. I had faith that I'm capable enough to handle any situation."
The young Pitt also had a little help from a college girlfriend.
"She was a Methodist preacher's kid. She wasn't that into me, truthfully, although we were together for a semester," Pitt says. "She helped me more than anyone else as far as setting off in my own direction. She was a hardcore realist. She called me on so much bull---- about any romantic ideas that I had grown up with about life."
Faith in FamilyStill, Pitt, who was raised a conservative Southern Baptist, is not anti-faith today. "Religion works. I know there's comfort there, a crash pad. It's something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be all right in the end," he says.
For him, faith is a personal code of values. "What's important to me is that I've defined my beliefs and lived according to them and not betrayed them," he says. "One of those is my belief in family. I still have faith in that."
"I never thought about it. I have no desire at this point," he tells the magazine. "Maybe I serve better by not going through that door."
But he has some ideas of some actors who should run for office. "George should do it!" he says, referring to his longtime friend, George Clooney. "He'd be quite good. I think Ben Affleck should run."
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