Saw the Atheist Lounge and thought GC could use a similar place for GC's theists to discuss their philosophies and speculations about a higher power/God/universal whatever/what have you (I prefer and use the term God for the sake of ease). To start, let's discuss what we believe in and what rationale we give for those beliefs. Include how you would define God. If you identify with any organized religions, which and to what degree? I personally believe in a lot of things. I believe in logic and rationality. I believe that spirituality and religion without logic and rationality are but mere fantasy. That's why I'm an agnostic theist, because there's no proof, so I can't act as if my ideas are fact and can apply to everyone unless they're supported by evidence. If something makes sense logically, then I agree with it, but if it doesn't, I shy away until I experience it in some way for fear of irrationality. I identify with various teachings across all organized religions. I believe they are all basically half-ass interpretations of a single truth that have been convoluted and depraved. I believe in truth, a single, objective truth. When people teach that God is all knowing, I think of objective reality and how logically, despite our personal perspectives, there is fact regardless of interpretation. I feel as though we were intended by God to strive for rationality, but our ancestors were uneducated and relied too much on fallacies to spread the idea, so it was corrupted over time. I believe in compassion and that we are meant to live compassionately. Compassionate living is at the core of every religion despite convoluted contradictions caused by later additions to justify things like war. If a creator exists, and I'm as unsure as anyone, then He also created logic and all that is wrong. To ignore logic or what is wrong and rely on the concept of forgiveness as a crutch isn't something I agree with. I believe that when wrong occurs, we are supposed to use logic to learn from it and better ourselves. I believe morality is logical and not something you can teach with broad generalizations. I'm going to stop there cause it's extremely hot in my room, so I'm going to go in the house for a while because there's air conditioning.