My Religious Upbringing

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While watching the Superbowl last night, I noticed how many of the players thanked god almighty for the opportunity to get paid zillions of dollars to play a game.  Seems pretty reasonable.  They sort of won the lottery, minus the CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and other life long injuries most of the players end up with, but they probably do owe someone a prayer.   Also, there was the Church of Scientolgy Super Bowl ad.  

Anyway, it got me thinking about how I was raised and how I got to my views on religion.

My parents were both Episcopalians.  There is a cathedral, Grace Cathedral, in Topeka and that is where I went to church.  On Sunday’s,  I wasn’t much into church compared to running around, climbing in trees, or riding my bike.

One Sunday morning, maybe when I was around 7 or 8, I think after my parents had a hard partying night, I remember my mom walking out to the front yard where my brother and I were playing and asked if we wanted to go to church anymore.  We thought it was a trick question. We said we were fine just playing and that was the end of it.  It was like getting a continuous summer vacation.

Flash forward a couple more years and it came time I went to confirmation.  There were classes at church, but I didn’t have any interest.  I didn’t memorize the Lord’s Pray and was flunking.

So my mom had a chat with the cannon, who happen to live just down the block.  It seems that they were taking a long family vacation, like over 2 months, and they needed someone to dog sit their golden retriever, Chandler.  So the deal was that we would take care of their dog and I was to be confirmed.  I think there was an implication that I would learn everything about confirmation later on.

I was a kind of ambivalent towards religion up to this point.  This deal was the tipping point.   And throughout life, I realize these “religious deals” happen all the time.  Doesn’t seem like god would approve of personal deal making superseding religious “rules”.

I’m pretty okay with my beliefs.  I say all this, but wear a St. Christopher medal that my mom gave me.  It has the Lord’s Prayer on the back.  And when my pets pass, I pray that their spirits are as free after death as they were when they were alive.

I guess we all use some method to meander our ways through life.  It might not be an organized or recognized religion or anything more than a thought, but whatever you call it, it helps us navigate through this complicated situation of life.

Grace Cathedral in Topeka.

Grace Cathedral in Topeka.

My St. Christopher medal has the Lord's Pray on the back.  Pretty small writing.

My St. Christopher medal has the Lord’s Pray on the back. Pretty small writing.



60 thoughts on “My Religious Upbringing

  1. Richard P Wharton

    …of all the profound things you continue to say in this blog, this one was very prescient. My mom became an Episcopalian in the 70’s, and my brother and I just sort of went along for the ride. We quit regular church early in the 80’s, though we did get through Confirmation classes. I was a bad fit for the Dallas preppy scene, and was once beat up in the bathroom. On a Sunday. After Confirmation classes. I remember thinking that of all the ironies – THIS? I didn’t return to that church until I think my brother’s wedding, his kids’ baptisms, and my pre-marital counseling.

    But I have found the good in being an Episcopalian. I went through Episcopal Schools, and found my own spirituality independently. Having a church in Montana to attend gave me friends and extended family outside of college, and maybe 8 years ago, an Episcopal Priest became a client of mine, and I later joined his church. The current pastor also rides. I go maybe once a month, maybe every other month, and while I like the message and the ritual, it’s really just a time to reflect and inflect on things, think about stuff I can change, people I need to reconcile with, learn how to handle my own anger and issues. There’s just no pressure. No, “Good morning Brother, I’m saved, are you?!” Stuff like that. They don’t care if you don’t show up. When you’re there, they appreciate you and your presence. I’m also really proud of their focus on education, focus on the current needs of now, and the hesitancy to pass judgment.

    I know Episcopalians get rapped for being too ‘soft’. I think it’s more an attitude of ‘Open’. I mostly like it, and it works with my questions about life, religion, family, good, and evil.

    1. channel_zero

      I like the message and the ritual, it’s really just a time to reflect and inflect on things, think about stuff I can change, people I need to reconcile with, learn how to handle my own anger and issues.

      This is the ideal, regardless of the kind of belief system adopted. I’d have a much more positive opinion of religion if this were the common practice. A few demagogues really poison the well for me.

      Not to be forgotten is the social community that churches provide. Very important stuff! The book “Bowling Alone” covers modern American social changes pretty well. It might be a little dated by now.

  2. Clifford

    Nice. I did not grow up with religion — in fact quite the opposite — but as I’ve aged, I’ve gotten more spiritual by quite a mile (albeit still avoid organized/specific religion). I’m sure you know the pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen in Topeka and I always say if I ever for some reason find myself moving back to Kansas, I’d go to his services on the regular, as he embodies very well what I would look for in a ‘religious person,’ which is to say that he is a smart, worldly and compassionate individual.

  3. jeffcote

    church saved my life! my dad was going to be a priest (back then every family donated one boy to the priesthood) but something spooked him, so he quit. I was raised catholic. But, when I was young I had a tendency to hang around with bad-ass kids. At age 13 I found myself in self destructive ways – doing drugs, joining gangs, using girls, doing really bad ass shit… I then got taken aside by aunt who showed me the way – running. I took up cross country running and ran and ran. Ran up 10 flights of stairs 10 times every day with two big bags of newspapers (had a paper route) and weightlifted 6 hours a day. I ran local races and did well (came in 4th out of 400 kids). I loved it! Then fell down again in later school years, hanging around with the bad asses, them going in and out of jail… luckily I didn’t. I then smartened up and went to school for numerous years getting papers in engineering, business, comp sci and working in some great jobs doing engineering work (building missile tracking systems etc…). I then found myself being attracted to broken women, my first ex of 10 years (went to high school with her) came from a very abusive family – dad was going to take a shot gun to them. She was nuts… constantly blaming/shaming me etc… it was a tough tough relationship. I took up biking again in my early 20s. Biked and biked to avoid her. We then split up as she cheated. I biked 25000km that year and spent well over 20k a year biking races like La Ruta, hundred milers down south ( ) while still holding onto a demanding job and my mom died the same day I divorced. Tough it was… I then jumped into a 6 year relationship with another women, she had a tough up bringing. Abused and neglected by her mom. Her mom rejected her at a young age and had two other kids that she admired. Abusive she was – a narcisstic type. That was a tough tough relationship to leave. Still biking and racing, this set us apart further as biking was my new drug. She felt rejected due to all my biking. We separated. This time my dad was very very ill with parkinsons. Living out of my car, in and out of a very very dark hole of disparity. Still holding onto cycling as it was my saviour. But, this time I needed more. I met a large fella in my hole of disparity (johnMorin) – an ex biker with the hells angles. He said, man you gotta let go let God. What ever that may be. You can’t keep doing the same shit over and over again thinking things are going to change (habits, hangups, hurts…). So, I turned to God. Praying for a saviour. I finally got out of that deep hole and rebuilt. Bought a house, got back into cycling etc… I meet a lot of people in my hole of disparity. One other top athlete runner was in the dark hole as he turned to a 40 ouncer a day as his saviour instead of running… not sure what happened to him. But, today, I joined a great hip church – and still biking. Long term goal is to teach others in bad relationships how to escape and save self. Along with keeping the faith. I still bike to this day, with caution of course, for it can become as bad as crack… esp when coming down off it all. Gotta be really really careful in life… so easy to loose it all. God bless. A higher power is essential in life, without it I’d still be stuck. I know plenty who are – stuck in homeless shelters after loosing it all…

  4. Krakatoa East of Java

    For many of us who now regularly go to church as adults, there was usually at least SOME significant (IE, long) period of non-attendance, questioning of faith, denying of faith, exploration of other faiths (or our current faiths) before we returned.

    It’s amazing to me how much sense it all makes now that I’ve actually done some living. Known some true suffering, trials and tribulations. Done some damage to others, etc. The gift my parents gave me in many years of weekly attendance, was having something good (wonderful, actually) to come back to. For me, it’s a very cleansing, serious and important reset button. I never leave feeling angry or upset. Quite the opposite, actually.

    And I can attest to this. Church today, is not the church of the 60’s and 70’s. You’ll probably have more agreement points on what’s being said than not.

  5. Bill K

    Now that you put this out there, you’ll never be able to win an election for public office (unless you can claim that you were “saved” later on)

  6. Rob Bell

    Technology has made it easier to have a personal relationship with Christ. That isn’t to say that the community you find meeting others in Church isn’t important; but honestly, as a non-believer or new-believer it can be intimidating and/or overwhelming to step into a church for the first time, or first time in a while. Especially when the pastor is using all sorts of words and jargon that seem completely normal to the people who have attended Church for decades, but are entirely foreign to those who haven’t.

    With today’s technology, you can “go to church” on the internet at places like or you can watch messages in demand (like at or The pastors at both of those churches are really great communicators, teach very biblically, and focus on the real message of Christianity — it’s not about following rules or being more holy than others, it’s about love and relationships with Christ and with other people.

    You can also have the entire Bible in nearly any language you can think of on your phone for free (

    I’m glad you posted this, Steve. If you are ever interested in talking about this in person at a race, we can grab some coffee afterwards and chat. See you at the starting line.

    -Rob Bell

    1. barb

      Last summer I was invited to Montana (road trip) by my cousin, a fundamentalist Christian. I had to listen to her quote the bible obsessively, for extended periods of time during the entire trip. That’s ok, because I’m a good listener. I was there a week, and she invited me to her Sunday church service. I wanted to be a courteous and respectful guest, so I went, even though I don’t embrace at all belief in God as a higher power etc. Honestly, the pastor in the church came across like he was some crazy man speaking to cult followers, and my cousin came across as completely obsessed with the bible, since we could have no discussion about any subject whatsoever, without her responding with “what the scriptures say.” The pastor spoke only of the rapture, the revelation and how if we don’t accept God now as our personal savior, we’re going to hell, and gave detailed descriptions of both the process and what it’s like there. I mean really? A pastor giving this speech to hundreds of people, who were also standing up yelling praise god and all that? How can any normal person take that seriously??

  7. David

    Organized religion can be a turn off for a lot of people. It can make you feel self conscious, and they sometimes act holier than you. That is BS and you shake it off. A church is a hospital for sinners and hurting and broken people. Not a country club for saints.
    Bottom line is I believe in intelligent design.

    It is really all about a personal relationship with God and accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Churches and religion and rules and ceremony and rituals come after that. I used to say ride the pew in the morning, ride the bike after that.

    Steve, when you pray for a deceased pet, who or what do you pray to?

  8. barb

    For those of us who accept personal responsibility for making our own decisions and the resulting outcomes and consequences, and who don’t feel we need “a higher power” (like a parent) to guide us through life, the constantly being bombarded with others’ religious beliefs is offensive and disrespectful. The idea that some horrible punishment of eternity in hell is our outcome if we don’t foster our own acceptance or belief seems irrational. God loves us so much that he created hell in case we don’t love him back? The fact that so many who do need faith (or whatever they use) to guide them through life is fine with me, just don’t force it on people and try to turn it into laws that people have to obey or they go to jail. Like trying to teach Christianity to children in public school. Like shooting abortion clinic doctors, like Islamic fundamentalists who kill non-believers and blasphemers, which is exactly what took place in England in the 1600s under King James. Which is one of the primary reasons why the colonists came to the New World and formed the United States, to escape religious persecution, and worship as they chose. Which also means no religion. So yes, the deals are being made all the time. Like the Church of Scientology lining the pockets of the Superbowl promoters for air time, among others. So for those of us who left our “parent” power behind long ago, this is another perspective from the NY Times:

  9. darkcloud

    Barb, your decisions to take the road trip and attend a church service both fall into the “personal responsibility” category that you claim to own. But then you whine about the consequences of those choices…that you made. Grow up, FFS.

    1. barb

      Dark Cloud,
      No one asked for your criticism or judgment, and no one was whining, not that I owe you any explanation, FYI, I hadn’t seen this cousin since childhood (like more than 40 years ago) and, re-connected at my mother’s funeral, and didn’t know she was a freak when I accepted the invitation and went on the road trip. As for going to her church, I DID IT FOR HER, not for me, and offered an OPINION about the people there, they sounded like crazy people. How is that “whining?” Please DO NOT reply again, you’re just using some flimsy excuse to ATTACK, and that isn’t what this forum is for. I can understand why your handle is “Dark (rain)Cloud for cryin’ out loud.

      1. darkcloud

        I can understand why your handle is “Dark (rain)Cloud for cryin’ out loud.
        That coming from a “barb,” as in the painful point of a fish hook.

    2. barb

      By the way, when I referenced being “bombarded” with others’ religious beliefs, I wasn’t referring to my cousin. I was referring to the entire country of fundamentalists, who force their belief system on others with impunity with every opportunity. This has been my overwhelming experience for decades, and is getting worse, now that politicians know how to manipulate the masses of the brainwashed. I accept responsibility for my “decision” and “consequences” for the past 30 or so years to limit my exposure to people like this, and to AVOID these people at all costs, and my consequences are completely acceptable for me. The deal with my cousin was a once in a lifetime event, with no prior knowledge she was suffering from extreme OCD with the bible stuff, so no, you can’t use that as a battering ram to shoot me down. I DO accept responsibility for my decision to avoid people like this, and the only thing I “whine” about is that strangers DON’T GET THAT I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THEIR UNENDING SERMON and FORCE IT on me anyway.

    3. BArb

      Read the link before putting foot in mouth and attacking people. I’m not the only one in America who is sick of the religious fundamentalism running rampant in our country, which you conveniently label as “whining” because you don’t respect other’s opinions or choices either.. Fundamentalist Christians are almost as bad as ISIS when you really look at the mentality that drives fundamentalism, and the complete lack of tolerance or respect for those who don’t embrace their beliefs. Read about it, or are you too narrow in your life view, to consider any view but your own?

      Anyway, I’m done with this, not going to get into some long drawn out debate over this issue. Not sure why religion was even introduced into what I thought was a cycling blog, because it always stimulates argument, and I’m not into it.

      1. darkcloud

        Fundamentalist Christians are almost as bad as ISIS when you really look at the mentality that drives fundamentalism, and the complete lack of tolerance or respect for those who don’t embrace their beliefs”

        Barb, perhaps a call to a mental health hotline is in order. You need help.

      2. darkcloud

        Anyway, I’m done with this, not going to get into some long drawn out debate over this issue.

        I think you just did.

    1. BArb

      I wasn’t the one who introduced the topic of religion, and I don’t see you criticizing anyone else’s comments along the same lines.

  10. Barb

    In fact, based on today’s topic, I would like to unsubscribe from this blog, if I could just figure out how to do it. There’s no way to do it that I can see. I really don’t want to follow blogs that discuss religion, because they will inevitably be dominated by people who attack others with differing views for voicing an opinion based on a topic I didn’t choose and that is well-known to stir up conflict and controversy. Religious people are the worst too. No tolerance at all for anyone but people who think like them and accept their belief system. I’m here for cycling posts, not religious lectures and sermons, and to be criticized.

  11. VC Slim

    Reading today’s post reminded me of riding my Western Auto 20″ bike (courtesy of an uncle) in the dark to 6:00am mass to fulfill my altar boy duties. Thanks.

  12. Krakatoaeastofjava

    Barb, you engaged. You “chose”. Your (many) posts today are filled with piss ‘n vinegar due to the anger YOU freely choose to stir. You have no right to direct the wanderings of Tilly’s mind. Only the right to choose not to indulge it.

    Now, by looking at the number of responses, I hate to break it to you, but if you ride bikes in the USA, you’re probably doing so surrounded by plenty of theistic people (as well as agnostics and atheists).

    As far as getting off-topic about cycling, I’ve never seen you get pissy about new puppies and fixing roofs.

    And for the record, you seem to have made some very naive assumptions on dogma. Not all of us assume the pre-prepared archetypes of religion that seem to drive your misguided perceptions.

    And again, just for the record, there’s no “unsubscribing” from this blog that you have always freely navigated to in the past. Your only option is to avoid reading it.

    1. Barb

      My initial posts were not “angry” just relating my experience. I didn’t get full of “piss and vinegar” until people started attacking me, which I consider your reply in that category also. There is nothing controversial about puppies or fixing roofs, no one lectures or gets into heated discussions about those subjects, so using them as a comparison is also off base. Any other digs and jabs you’d like to hurl now? If Tilford wasn’t inviting comments, it wouldn’t be a blog, and there wouldn’t be a provision on the blog for people enter THEIR comments. It’s ok for those following to enter their stories about how they were saved by God, but it isn’t ok to enter comments that aren’t in agreement. Not to mention, I never said anything about my experiences being about “everyone’s dogma, I said I object to those who are OCD about their faith and continually force it on everyone around them, which I consider disrespectful. You lumped that specific reference in with YOUR idea of how I see ALL people’s faith, and that isn’t what I said. Now stop throwing rocks.

  13. mike crum

    what about the young and old that yell at you, and coming inches away from you on their way to church.. lol

    1. Barb

      Now we’re really getting to the nitty gritty of the issue when people start attacking paragraph and sentence structure. Don’t you guys have anything better to do?

  14. Brandon

    I feel like church is too homogenous these days. One brand of people are accepted with little to no tolerance for any different flavor. Seemingly, there’s no room allowed for any slight differing of opinion. You believe the hard line that’s being sold or you’re not fully accepted. Your political beliefs must be a certain direction and fear has to be your motivating factor for attendance. I wish religious organizations that sought the example of Jesus, lived by it. Why don’t more churches help the community? Maybe even portions of the community that their suburban lifestyles wouldn’t dare darken otherwise. Regardless, it makes the whole enchilada hardly worth it. It’s too much of an affluent white country club set. There’s nothing further from the authentic biblical example. I’m simply stating modern churches could ease up on politics and guilt/fear mongering and love to serve others. With that priority, church and religion could be more relevant.

    1. Krakatoaeastofjava

      Theys lots of different churches. Here in Az, everyone seems to be making their own nowadays.

  15. Tony

    Hi Steve, Your write an excellent blog that touches on many things other than cycling that we all think about, keep it up. Keep in mind there is a lot of “religion” in the world that is nothing more than mans attempt to be reconciled to God. We are all sinners and this sin separates us from God. The penalty for sin is death/eternal separation from God. Nothing we do, good deeds, “religious deeds”, good works, good outweighing the bad…. you name it can bridge that separation except trusting in God’s Son, Jesus Christ as Savior. When Jesus died on the cross He paid the price for the sins of those who would trust in Him as Savior. In other words, He took the punishment as if He lived my sinful life. With the penalty paid thru Jesus death on the cross, I am now reconciled to God. We must turn from our sin and trust that when Jesus died on the cross that he paid the price for your sins/my sins and that His sacrifice reconciles us to God. For God so love the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. … but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

  16. dave

    Jeez Barb, thanks for finally hit’n the brakes! I know the religion thing got you all stirred up ( probably from childhood memories) but just chill out. Think of the grand big picture, the infinite scales of dimension of time and space. And how small we are on this teeny tiny planet. Our whole history of life on this planet is but a speck in time, a speck in space. Think about it. It will relax and calm you.

  17. L Yancey

    Just think how great our world would be if everyone followed the Ten Commandments! Give it some thought.

    1. Dave

      The people who say they believe in god can’t even follow the ten commandments. In all fairness they don’t prohibit pedophilia, so the catholic priests are okay. I always like George Carlin’s take on the ten commandments – funny, but truthful at the core –

      1. Tony

        “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Mathew 7:12. I think for most of us that prohibits pedophilia.

      2. Dave

        Wouldn’t the pedophiles have been following Mathew 7:12 if they wished to be sodomized themselves? So they really were adherents to the text of the good book – although I’m sure that doesn’t give any consolation to their victims.

        I think the great majority of human beings would say that this act is abhorrent and unacceptable. But when you introduce religion into the mix on this issue, the religious seem to lose their bearings. As an example, look what happened in Pennsylvania. Two sets of repugnant behavior. One in the catholic churches of Philadelphia and one in the showers of the Penn State locker room. In which case was there unanimous outrage, swift punishment and significant repercussions for the organization? Why was the response between the two so different, considering the extent of the abuse for one was just a fraction of the scale of the other?

      3. Dave

        I’m typing this slowly so that you can understand. They often did things to others that they wanted themselves. That does not make it right.

  18. Jt

    As some Native Americans believed and Sturgill Simpson sings about; the Earth is actually the back or the shell of a turtle…Its turtles all the way down….

  19. Krakatoa East of Java

    Humans (by nature) do a very bad job of following the commandments. The whole point of getting together in this organized way is that we acknowledge that we can’t / don’t. We acknowledge that we’ve got flaws. Inherent flaws. The kind we’re born with.

    There are plenty of people who’ll tell you that you need to get (and stay) on “the right side” for salvation (as if they’re somehow “on it” themselves), but you should pay little mind to those charlatans. Fact is, there are very few completely righteous human beings (if any exist at all). If you’re putting your faith in man (church leaders, self-proclaimed righteous beings, whatever), you’re being taken for a ride. Humans will always want what they can’t have.

    I believe very few things with total confidence. One of them is that there was some kind of intelligent (IE, not random) effort behind whatever has led to my existence. The next is that whatever that is / was, it’s far bigger and way more powerful than I. I think the current generation of secular humanists are quite lacking in basic humility. The current narrative of climate change is just one recent example. We’ve historically been quick (as a race) to proclaim causal knowledge of what commonly ails us. I try to remain humble enough to realize that (sometimes) the answers are outside of our realm of understanding. We’re good at tracking the “what”, but we jump to lots of naïve conclusions on the “whys.”

    1. Tony

      No one ever has been able to follow the 10 commandments nor ever will because we are not perfect. One notable exception. Jesus Christ who was fully God, explains why the tomb was empty, He rose on the third day.

      1. Dave

        Really, I can think of millions that have and they did it without trying. How about all children that died before their 7th month.

        Its actually not that impressive that he rose from the dead as many others did that day as well according to the good book as it describes them walking around and greeting people. What is interesting is the the authors of the book did not think it was note worthy to follow these folks around and describe what they did and where they eventually went.

        Matthew 27:52-53

        “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

        What is funny is that the Jews actually met and lived with Jesus and said “no, this isn’t the guy”. Two thousand years later you read a book (written by men who were not alive during the same time period as Jesus) and say this guy is god. How the heck did the Jews miss it – especially since they were looking for the messiah – and you figured it out by reading a book (a few versions removed no less)? I read the book and thought is seemed consistent (not the book itself as it is often contradictory) with one written by some early humans who didn’t have much of an understanding of how the world worked. Fortunately we have figured out quite a few things in the interim. Well, some of us have.

      2. Krakatoa East of Java

        “The Jews” of whom you speak didn’t exactly hold an open election on the question of Jesus. He and his twelve disciples were all Jews, and most of the people that came to call him the Messiah were also Jewish. And there were plenty OF them. Jesus spent most of his three years of ministry out and about in the countryside. Small villages. He was usually on the road. The thing is, the Jews that counted most (in the eyes of the Romans) were the urban Jewish leaders of Jerusalem. They didn’t exactly get to (or choose to) spend a lot of time with him. When they arrested him and brought him to the Roman leadership, instead of putting on a show for their benefit, he kept it real. He didn’t answer to them, because he didn’t need to.

      3. Bryan

        Sure, based on copies of copies of translations of translations of books that no longer exist. Amusing that there is no contemporary mention of the Jesus character anywhere outside of the Gospels. I know, the Bible is true because the Bible says that the Bible is true.

    2. Dave

      Krakatoa East of Java come on now. You say “I think the current generation of secular humanists are quite lacking in basic humility.” yet earlier in the SAME paragraph you write “I believe very few things with total confidence. One of them is that there was some kind of intelligent (IE, not random) effort behind whatever has led to my existence.” Let me get this straight, the sun, the moon, the stars, all life before you, etc. were part of the grand plan that led to you!! You should really start teaching those humanists some lessons in humility – insert eye roll here.

      1. Tony

        Yes Dave all unborn babies would be in heaven since they have not sinned nor the chance. Good point.
        Jesus was the first fruits and responsible for raising many at His resurrection. He will also raise many at His return.

        As to how could the Jews not recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah when they were looking for Him and may have talked to Him. Well many did recognize Him as the Messiah, not all of course but many did believe. The fact that many did not believe back then or donot believe today does not mean Jesus is not the Messiah. It just means some donot believe unfortunately.

  20. Krakatoa East of Java


    I’ve long been hesitant to speak on behalf of others (or to appear to do so). With your permission, I’m happy to change “my existence” to “OUR existence”. I never said (or meant), that I (or we) are the grand, end-all result, or the most important development of the process. I make no claims of importance on behalf of myself or others. I just don’t believe that we’re all just a grand random accident. Simple as that. If you want to run a hostile opposition to what I’m saying, I’m sure you can find a witty (perhaps sarcastic) way to go about it. And I’ll even give you this: I don’t think atheism is an illogical conclusion for people to make. It’s just not the one I choose. We all think differently.


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