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I was raised Catholic... always attended Catholic school. I think that experience may have tainted me when it comes to religion. There was so much that was blatantly wrong or inconsistent with what I saw and learned compared to what I knew to be right. Some things were even inconsistent within themselves. Anyway, I would have considered myself atheistic for a while, then agnostic. I always deplored politicians who invoked Jesus, as I thought back to my upbringing. When I started to reflect on the message of the liberty movement and some of the underlying lessons that run throughout the Bible, I realized that I had been throwing out the baby with the bathwater, so to speak.

Upon considering Dr. Paul's message and invocation of Christ, and after reading God of the Machine by Isabel Patterson (Ayn Rand's teacher who split with her student over the God question), I have realized that I am more spiritual and a more firm believer in God than I ever was. I intend to re-read the Bible and then read the holy books of other religions. If I can muster up the courage to home school my kids (if and when they come), this reading will be part of the foundation of that education.

Obviously, there are incalculable notions of God that people maintain. I think about the manner in which life on earth has evolved (no offense to the creationists, I just think that the evidence of evolution is pretty conclusive, personally), and I can't help but reject the notion that this is the end... that we are fully evolved. For me, God is whatever has caused life to get thus far and in deferential respect to that power - even if it is sheer randomness, as some people might believe - I worship it by obeying the laws that are apparent in nature. It makes for a nice harmony of Objectivism and theistic philosophies.

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!