You know that I'm an atheist, but I am also a theist. I am not an agnostic. I am a theist and an atheist at the same time. I am sure that God, as expressed by various religious writings doesn't exist, but I am not so sure that some God or spiritual entity or entities that are not fully understood by us doesn't exist and so you can see why, with thinking like that I am voting for Kerry. (Okay, that is a cheap shot, but I couldn't resist tossing in a bit of politics since all the marketing folks advise you not to mention politics or relgion in your blog if you want to sell some product.)
Let me try and make that clearer, although I'm not sure that I can. I am not saying that science needs to discover the spiritual - because the two things just don't see each other. And I have had spiritual experiences. But these experiences have not happened within the confines of structured religions - neither Jewish, nor Christian, nor any other type which has been written down by mortal man. But I have had moments that cannot be explained by science, and cannot be explained by drug use either.
One example: just about to step off a curb to cross a street. I had looked both ways. As I was about to step off I heard a voice - a deep voice (I'm not making this up) - saying 'watch out.' Actually I don't remember what the voice said but it was some sort of warning. Don't worry fans, I have never heard that voice again. Oh, and when I did hear the voice I stepped quickly back onto the curb as a speeding truck came by and a couple of people near me gasped. The truck had run a light.
So I guess you call that a premonition. And I have had lots of them - though never with that voice. Can you explain that with religion or science? I'm not sure. But you can say that I believe in things that cannot be explained and that there is more in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in all your reading and writing.