I used to hem and haw whenever people asked me whether I’m religious. Saying “yes” means certain things to certain people, as does saying “no,” so my answer tended to depend on what I could discern of my questioner’s understanding and assumptions of exactly what being “religious” means.
Maybe I was making it just a tad too complicated, you say? Maybe so.
In any case, my one-word answer to those who pop the religion question now is: “yes.”
Often followed by: “I’m a devoutly religious non-theist.”
Which usually begets an arched eyebrow and some variation of, “Say what?”
O.K., some elaboration may be helpful here.
It seems to me we sorely need to get beyond the tired and polarizing atheist/believer divide that leaves so many of us shouting across a chasm of mutual withering critique and scorn in the modern cultural wars...Read More