I think in the US at least, there are large numbers of Jews who dont believe much about scripture, but follow some of the "commandments" as tradition. They see themselves as Jewish, and I would consider them Jewish. However, without some type of faith component, I doubt their lifestyles (traditions and all) will continue to transmit through future generations.<quoted text>
I think I asked something to the effect, how little of the scripture and tradition etc can a Jew believe in and still call himself a Jew, in the religious sense? Something like that.
Then I did get into what makes a theist, stating that I thought you were a theist.
I view this subject from my perspective, admittedly not one steeped in religious tradition. But I believe the religions we each grew up with started in roughly the same place, no?
But then again, there is the example of the Moranos and other crypto-Jews....http://en.wikip edia.org/wiki/Crypto-Judaism