"This is the kind of statement that sent me towards math and science rather
than religion or philosophy."
I don't think the perspective I intend should be any affront to someone who
doesn't care for religion or philosophy (although aversion to all philosophy
could obviously lead to problems whether you believe in God or not).
I enjoyed math and science in school and read the latest science news.
In understanding faith as such, as a hope for a possible God beyond the known
things, I'd also recommend keeping up with the known things God is possible
beyond (liberal not conservative stances on various issues--evolution, rights
and regard of women and LGBT people, etc.).
Understanding it as a possibility, not a proven, also means there shouldn't be
harm over it. Arbitrary hurting and killing are sadism and murder, and 'centric
intolerance by some of either choice about faith have caused the most harm on
the issue. Claiming proof of either stance can lead some to make either law of
the land with punishments, which is institutionalized 'centric intolerance.
An analogy I make is with music, the known things being like the objective
math of the music and faith or not being like subjective reactions beyond it
with no one obliged to anyone else's subjective reactions. Get the known things
right or you'll play off the beat and hit wrong notes. Not wanting final arbi-
ters of taste requiring subjective reactions is like wanting separation of
church and state. We can't objectively prove someone else has to have the same
subjective reaction so shouldn't be 'centric and only have friends with the same
likes and dislikes in music.
I've enjoyed math and science, but can love writing and listening to songs,
too. In this perspective, atheism, rejection of belief in god or gods, is like
someone not liking a song another likes to me, not a difference in acceptance of
math and science. Misinformation with those come with the sort of conservative
stances I referred to which I'd discourage as harmful to the God concept and