I have long been of the opinion that existing is not the kind of thing a real god would do. Logically, existing is for things defined by time and space — “created things” to use religious jargon.
Gods could still be real, but only in the sense the mathematics is real, or relativity. Nothing personal, in other words.
Most useful is to think of them as personifications of infinite abstractions. Mother Nature is my favorite. So, do I “believe” in her? The question is absurd.
Yes, it’s bullshit. And political. And extremely human, in every sense of that word.
I’ve seen Christianity and other faiths doing good, helping people learn to be more humble, loving, and forgiving, and less materialistic. But I walked away from all of them when I realized that religion was second only to greed among the greatest enemies of peace.
Good essay. I think you’re asking the right questions.