Why believe when you can know? I don’t believe in extraterrestrials; I am really curious. I want to find out. I’ll say I don’t believe in evolution; I’m more or less convinced by the evidence. I would like to put the whole idea of faith and belief away. Let’s try to find out things. …

The religions that fascinate me and could possibly tempt me are not the ones that involve faith or belief. They’re the ones that offer you the opportunity to know the spirit or deity. … I think most readily of West-African-derived religions which involve ecstatic rituals where people actually apprehend the spirit or the God or whatever that they are invoking and that they are trying to contact — I have respect for that. But don’t ask me to believe anything.

 

 

Barbara Ehrenreich

Author, Interview