Your answers are really quite thought-provoking. I could be wrong here, and so feel free to tell me to shut my trap, but it seems to me that in actual fact, you believe in belief in God, rather than believe in a personal, transcendental God, who has a purpose and is intervening in history.
I totally understand about the need to “believe in something bigger than myself.” I suppose as Daniel Dennet says, there are numerous hypothesis as to why humans may feel the need to “believe”. But I was a little confused about your comment as to “there is not absolute, provable truth.” I think that what you are probably referring to is relativism in morals, values, ethics and philosophy. In that sense, I would probably agree.
But perhaps what is driving my questions to you is this – are there not absolute truths? For instance, are you saying that it cannot be “proved” that humans evolved, or that the origin of life is naturalistic? Are you saying that it cannot be “proved” that the desire to “believe” and seek “supernatural” explanations are biologically rooted? Take for instance the desire to believe in something bigger than ourselves, a supernatural force. Is it “immaterial” whether that force exists or not – in other words, is all that matters our desire to believe in it? Surely, truth is very important – surely, it does actually matter whether our measurable beliefs are true, because beliefs impact the way we treat others, and determine the quality of our lives? Again, RockyGirl, thanks for discussing this with me.