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On the question of which religion is true, I don’t have a dog in that fight. I’ve been a secular pers…

On the question of which religion is true, I don’t have a dog in that fight. I’ve been a secular person for as long as I can remember and have never felt the need for a faith-based belief system. I find all religions about equally interesting, and baffling. But I do have a stake in the question of certainty: I think absolute certainty is dangerous. I have moral and political convictions and respect others who do, but I think people should be open to the possibility that their belief system could be just a bit off–or maybe all wrong. That’s something that philosophers and scientists (at least the good ones) agree on. I know many religious people who don’t shrink from their own
convictions, yet take seriously the limits we humans face in trying to understand the complexity of the world. Even though we have different theological views, I can talk–and have talked–across those
differences with such folks, often working with them in movements for social justice. I think everyone benefits from that kind of discussion and interaction.

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