This is my opinion and I make no claim to prophetic vision, I make no claim to power, and I certainly don't claim immunity from attack.

I talk about God a lot. The concept of God, God's necessity in the universe he created, and the many perceived fuck-ups of the one who is ultimately blind. Now, when I talk to people about God sometimes it seems that they can't comprehend that maybe, just maybe, reason and faith can work hand-in-hand.

Point One: I ask people why they believe a certain way. They mention, constantly, the frequency of miracles and supernatural experience. Personally, I find this reason extraordinarily shallow. In fact, if I saw someone working "miracles" who claimed to be the "Son of God" I wouldn't believe them. A kind, charismatic man is a better tool for God than any fucking magician.

Point Two: I've read a lot on the idea of God, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhaghavad Gita, the Bible (more than one version, including the Apocrypha), and assorted other things. I ask people how they could possibly believe in that one thing so strongly that they would dare evangelise without ever having exposed themselves to the ways of the prosylot. They give me any number of Bible quote, or Q'ran quote, or whatever else. You would not pick a favorite food if all you've eaten is rice and you would not pick a car after only having seen a single one, how the hell can you pick a WAY OF LIFE after only seeing one?!

Point Three: This is on the sick semantics of typeface. The Bible and all these other wonderful things were written by men. MEN! Not God, man. The Word of God, whichever God may exist, is not easily translatable to Hebrew, Aramaic, or English. Teach the Pythagorean Theorem to a worm and you'll get a good analogy of a God-inspired text. They were all written, rewritten, translated, and retranslated with the ideas of the people who worked those ways. And especially to you Catholics, Christ proclaimed the SOUL of the law, not the WORD of it.