Re: What separates the religious from the non-religious?
I have always asked the question differently: Why do some people belive in magic and others don't? Avoiding the intricacies of religious dogma, the root of the question comes down to whether you believe you are capable of understanding the world around you (naturalism), or whether you believe the world exceeds your ability to understand (supernatural). Religious and non-religious beliefs aline along those basic lines.
That's an interesting response.
I am not religious, but I fall more in the 'believing the world exceeds my ability to understand' category.
I don't consider myself either religious, atheist, agnostic or someone who believes in magic. I don't believe wholely with the scientific worldview, either.
I think what draws people to throw themselves into religion is believing or needing someone else has already figured it out, and has a deeper understanding of things that we do
Either collectively or an individual.
It's all about social security.
Religion appeals to those who enjoy turning over authority to other people, or collective 'wisdom'.
There is good and bad in that. If you question nothing - you are a fool, imo.
If you question everything, yet hold on to the belief that 'only you can know, and no one and nothing else could possibly know better' - you are a fool, too.
It's a strange balance to try and understand our place in the world. We aren't alone, and we aren't a big glob either.
I do think religion deals a lot with our own relationship to each other, and is mainly a social organizing thing.
The sad thing is: religion does have some decent points sometimes, universal points, but it is fueled so much by hypocrisy.
That's what you get, I guess, when working with people.