(picture courtesy my good friend Kathy)
I was reading a very interesting article by Emma Barnett concerning belief in God. She made some points that really strike a chord with me and my thinking.
Especially this one. With reference to recent comments about God uttered by comedian Stephen Fry she suggested that he "may feel that “the moment you banish him [God], life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, more worth living” – but for millions of silent others, the polar opposite is true."
Because, as she correctly points out, "Theism is an intensely personal thing" and also "Fervent atheism is achingly cool" nowadays, it is perhaps impossible to know how many "silent others" there really are.
I wonder how many of us still believe there is something beyond and behind all of existence, but yet can't reconcile that belief with most of the major religious traditions?
Emma Barnett states her faith in this way:
I’m not weird or particularly religious. Nor do I reject reason or scientific progress. I just happen to think that there is an ineffable force at play that accounts for all the things we can, and crucially can’t, explain.
I feel the same way.
I wonder how many others feel that way as well but remain largely silent.