I'm making a plug for myself - I may have a sentence or two on a delightful show called Open Source Radio, hosted by Christopher Lydon. The general format had to do with God and evolution - are we hardwired to believe in God?
It's not really a question that I'm quite qualified to answer, but being on a radio show with Daniel Dennett, who is a wonderful philosopher, was just a bit too much of an excellent opportunity.
Dennett looks a lot like my father, so I wonder if it is genetically demonstrable that big white men with beards are genetically inclined to be atheists. Kropotkin, Marx, Dennett, de Leeuw. I'm a short, more indian looking fellow, and I believe I got the God is Good gene.
But as far as my own faith goes, a theory about evolution doesn't really affect my daily work. In fact, I don't think about evolution that much - although I think its absolutely true. But I do have a regular sense of awe, appreciation and call that feels a lot like God. I am fully aware that this could be part of my imagination. And if I've evolved to have an imagination, then so be it.
There might be concomitant political questions. Does my religion required I feel differently about other religions? Then the form of argument becomes a bit different. These are properly settled and argued via other public institutions. Sometimes religious institutions can't agree and state institutions have to get involved.
I'm comfortable being a "religious humanist." And if human beings are inclined to believe in God, then why not? The next question is what sort of religion is suitable for the proper, the creative, and the affirming use of our imaginations?
Sometimes I wonder, what would a religion that tried to mitigate the fanaticism of religion, that tried to put limits on the mimetic impulse of human beings, that said "religion can be a projection of our urge to slaughter and scapegoat others." What would such a religion look like - that destroyed religion? I admit, I have sometimes thought it looks a lot like a freer form of Catholic Christianity. And that would be... Anglicanism. ;)
I did offer a prayer on the show. I will be doing mass, so if someone is able to listen to it and give me a critique, great! I think, personally, I did poorly.