"But surely you have to establish that there is a God to have such a relationship with! This impatient criticism superimposes a model of empirical inquiry on to religious discourse, and takes it for granted that talk of "belief in the existence of God" means something akin to empirical existential belief. Let's just say it. The point is not that there isn't a God after all but that there is no such belief as the belief that there is a God. It sounds paradoxical to claim that believers do not believe that there is a God, but this is only because it seems to imply that they believe that there isn't. We should take "belief that there is (or isn't) a God" out of the equation."I appreciate it isn't one of the world's greatest injustices but I feel this acutely because I'm going back to work on Monday after a two week break - just when I was beginning to feel like a member of the human race again. Consider what is happening here: he writes this - and gets money in exchange!