I sorely want to join a thread that is in the High IQ forum about why smart people might spiritual or religious, but I do not have access to it. I was going to post a thread about this particular subject, but had a look around first and somebody beat me to it. It looks like an awesome conversation.
I am personally Atheist to the bone, but I find a sort of sad romance in the idea that there is an omniscient benevolent creator that knows of all my pains and knows how many and every which way every single hair in my head moves when the wind blows. I find myself praying every so often for the hell of it (maybe a foxhole prayer?). I love the idea that one could know everything, and be the ultimate designer (which is of course a fantasy of mine), But I know deep down inside there is nothing there, and if there was a God, I would most likely tell him that his existence in contingent on our belief in him, and that our existence is not contingent on his existence because we are already here. I would most likely try to strong arm my place in the hierarchy between me and him so that we were equal. Not very nice right? Sometimes I feel that this is truly the situation. I never thought it to be possible to be atheist and a believer at the same time, but more and more often I find that this is surely my situation. Multiplicity maybe? I think so. I feel religious without a bit of spirituality. I feel the dogma burning the side of my neck, but I wish to exact it rather than experience it. Anybody experience this?