finding God in theory or practice

Religious life, at least as it is for me, does not involve anything like a well-defined concept of God, a concept of the kind that a philosopher could live with. What is fundamental is the experience of God, for example in prayer or in life’s stunning moments. Prayer, when it works, yields an awe-infused sense of having made contact, or almost having done so. Having made contact that is, concerning the things that matter most… These experiences are not theory-driven. The perceptions and understandings of the religious practitioner are more like the outpourings of a poet than they are like theoretical pronouncements… Poetry, at its most profound, need not observe consistency…

– Howard Wettstein, Jewish philosopher in a NY Times interview, as quoted by Frank Schaeffer in Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace

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