Most of my life I have felt at a loss to explain my feelings about religious faith. Oddly enough, I seem to lack the words. I don’t like the terminology applied to any of the existing categories. I am not a religious person, nor am I devoid of spirituality. I do not consider myself a “believer” in the world’s use of the word, nor am I precisely agnostic and certainly not atheistic. Atheism is as strong a form of belief as any dogmatic religious belief. It is as faith-based to assert the absence of anything as it is to assert its presence. Atheism seems to me to be as shallow as blind religious faith. I want a new term to describe those of us who are comfortable admitting the empowerment of spirituality and the probability of something bigger than humanity (be it god or science, why does that matter, those are just human words), and equally comfortable admitting the errancy of blind faith. Faith and belief are not the same thing. Faith requires an irrational leap, a suspension of what you know. Belief, on the other hand, is the result of much contemplation. I think humanity has little capacity to grasp infinite truths, but our inability to understand them doesn't mean they don't exist.