I don't really understand the self-perpetuating cycle of pulling out quotes from this sceptic or that believer to vilifiy or justify faith.
I agree to a point Password that there is ample ammo for both sides of this debate. However, I think many of these debates are often about each "debater" working it out for themselves. My own points of view have evolved since I did this thread.
I would agree with you that most personal faith is not dangerous. Clearly, where one's faith gives them permission to enforce beliefs or otherwise harm another person, then their personal faith is no longer personal, and we do see this happen on rare occasions.
I value faith more then at any time since I left JW's.... I don't view it negatively or begrudge it as I once did.
It shoud always be down to an individual's personal experience. I am a person of faith, but I didn't reach that place due to reading what so-called experts have to say on the matter.
Interesting thread. I think it is good to explore the possibilities to some extent. It is clear you will not be happy with atheism but neither have you found God, hence the "no man's land" of agnosticism, neither faith nor total unbelief.
My only qualm with you here is your judgment of agnosticism. If you view it as no mans land, I accept that, but I personally view it as a very comfortable, and especially a very honest place to be.
I do think for some like myself, the journey requires agnosticism. I recall that you yourself struck out from agonsticism? (correct me if I am wrong) The point being, for everyone, it is better to say for a time "I don't know" then to pretend you do, borrow someone else's faith as your own, etc.
We all need to come to our own conclusions on the matter. In that, I continue to have a beef with group think religions that carry along doubters with their theology instead of helping or encouraging them to think on their own.