When I started writing this article, I did not realize how loooong it would turn out. I toyed with the idea of splitting it into multiple posts but I’m unable to do it without fracturing the line of thought itself. Consequently, I have put all of it in one post and I request your indulgence.
I’m given to understand (from all the polls) that America is full of religious folks (around 90%) and that atheists are a small minority. Even atheist books and blogs seem to carry the mentality of an outnumbered (though valiant) minority.
But I wonder if this is indeed true or are our cultural parameters for ascertaining “belief” misleading? I would like to posit that most people DO NOT actually believe in God although they sincerely profess to. And that’s what I’d like to explore in this post.
So – let’s start! I doubt any sane person actually believes in God. Not you, not your spouse, not your parents, not your devout cousin who is also a priest. Not even the Pope believes in God! (more…)