I've been grappling with the "theism" thing since I was in my early 20s.
I found things made no less sense when I took a nearly animistic / a-theistic view of things.
Here, try this: call "gravity" by another name, come up with whatever wierd name and concept you want ... then drop something from your hand.
Did the thing fall up to the ceiling? Over to one of the walls? (Freak the hell out of the cat doing that would, I promise.)
I don't need "intelligent designer" to know the world will be a worse place if I indulge my worst temptations, and a better place if I made an effort to follow my best impulses.
I don't need any external agent to realize at least the humblest of my aspirations.
What /really/ requires the grey-haired God sitting in the high throne?
Hatred ... self-righteous condemnation. That sorta thing needs absolute truths, and absolute authority.
*just wanted to jot this down*
p.s. A little note about the Bible's "literal truth".
To set the stage: let's say you have a choice of 2 jobs. In 1, you get minimum wage, basic food, not a lot of extras, you have work assigned to you and you have to do that work ... but you pretty much live your life. In the 2nd, you're a slave. In the real sense of being a slave.
So ok: in Egypt, people were often forced to labour on public works. And yes, there were slaves, too.The Jews in Egypt weren't slaves
. Bad translation from the original. In the original (No, I don't have the freakin' term, step off my foot!) it clearly states that they were put into forced labour.
Now you gonna say that the two jobs are the same? That words don't mean what they mean? That human beings can't think? or write? or read?
So mebbe "literal truth" is a way for zealots to band together, to group against all others. To recruit others who will do the hack work and provide money. (Which, BTW, is precisely
the foundation of fascism.)