I take a more liberal view of things. I acknowledge that there are more than one god concepts out there, and have no qualms with that. I also share the visceral reaction and uncomfortableness many Jews and others feel when some fundamentalist Christian hijacks the god talk, and for that reason as well promote multiple god concepts.<quoted text>
Of course we all have bias. To deny it would be disingenuous.
But my point was that we can put ourselves though so many mental gymnastics that it would be possible to convince ourselves that up is down and night is day. Nuance can be taken too far. At one point one has to shxt or get off the pot/the fence. Something at one level is one thing or it's another. And we can also end up old men sitting in a smoke-filled room uttering our muddled philosophy. But in the end, as Robert De Nero said in The Deer Hunter, "This is this."
Not there isn't room for nuance, wonder and questions. For me, abortion, affirmative action, even the death penalty (at times), welfare etc. Not all cut and dried. And of course the grand daddy of them all, religion.
True, but the conversation has morphed (which is ok, but I wanted to note this). Originally you posed the question what is the boundary of belief for a Jew (to not get kicked out). And the answer would be, regarding these last posts, is a belief in the "one" of a god concept of some sort. But the god concept itself is rather permeable. All of the subsequent talk about what theism is or isnt, etc etc, is a tangent IMO.(But that said, I still think you are viewing all of this from the wrong vantagepoint, as you are using categories of analysis that are meaningful from the perspective western philosophy but not so meaningful to understanding from the perspective of the religion itself).<quoted text>
But at some point someone says they believe in god of they don't. Or they say, sometimes or most of the time. I understand. "There are no atheists in foxholes" goes the expression. I hope I end up like Christopher Hitchens who said if you hear of him making a deathbed conversion, don't believe it.
But bottom line. I think a believer should likewise take a stand. But also as noted, actions speak louder than words, and so have they done for you.