religion isn’t about the god, it’s about the faith
faith in a god (irrational and unprovable as any deity is) translates to faith in oneself
that is to say, one’s faith in a god is not faith in itself/himself/herself/theirself being true. one’s faith in a god is faith in one’s belief the god is true.
faith becomes both the affirmation and the evidence of truth in the absence of truth
faith is a spiritual circular reference, if you will
pascal’s wager is a 50/50 chance, the spiritual equivalent of the come/don’t come bet on a craps table (the simplest bet you can make in a casino without knowing any rules, fwiw). you can’t prove gods true, but at the same time you can’t disprove them. so, the wager goes, why not believe?
perhaps this makes religion a coping mechanism in the face of a chaotic callous world, but, hey, we require mucho cope-o in this shitto world
religions offer believers order, purpose, and a sense of place. but all dogmatic belief systems are one-way streets, where morality and structure rain from above. often, even the most blithe dogmatic stance is an expression of conformity, for better or worse. after all, one “belongs” to a church, synagogue, mosque, sect, order, etc.
adherence to religious practice can enhance the best parts of some, but also suppress the best parts of others.
it’s possible, however, to be spiritual but not religious. i mean, i am that way, so this must be true. when pressed to check a box, i check jewish, b/c that’s what i was born, and it has informed my spiritual identity.
i don’t practice judaism with any credibility or regularity, though. on top of it all, i went to a benedictine catholic school for 6 years, junior high through high school.…