Originally Posted by ScotchAndCigar
Location: Boston area, originally from North Jersey
Number: 5 - I'm not sure what number is appropriate, as I have a stronger belief that a God/supreme being was instrumental in the existence of the universe, but less belief that a God is watching/controlling our existence.
Religious Identification: Minimally practicing Jew with a respect for the culture and tradition.
My wife is Jewish, my ex-wife was raised Christian, of my 2 kids from the ex (which my current wife and I raised) one took-on Judaism, the other didn't.
Of course I can't be unbiased when it comes to Judaism, but I have to say that my synagogue is the most inviting, non-judgemental, and respectful of other religions that one can imagine.
I accept that the US is a Christianity-observing country as far as holidays and traditions, but to hear the Christian majority in this country whine about putting Christ back in Christmas makes me want to puke.
I don't ever want to tell anyone what they are or are not so I hope this is not taken the wrong way. That being said it sounds like you would consider yourself to be a Deist as opposed to a Theist.
The difference is this: A theist believes in an omnipotent god or gods that actively watch and care about what we do. They may interfere with this world and have plans for us after.
A deist on the other hand believes that god was/is similar to a watchmaker or scientist. They created all this or played a massive role in it but then went on their merry way to new things. They don't care about what we do or think nor do they have special plans for us, we are simply something they created either intentionally or unintentionally.
It is strongly believed that many of the founders of this country were deists: Jefferson, Franklin and Washington among them. There is much supporting evidence for this. Countless other historic figures fall into this category, Paine being one of my favorites.