I am not only about quantitative data, there is the spiritual side of me as well. Some time when there is time I would enjoy putting down my spiritual journey which would make for some lively (well that's one word!) debate. To do it justice though would take a significant chunk of time. The point about quantitative data, which I have gone on about so much I'm sure everyone is sick of hearing it, is that it can be proven using scientific methods where you can be sure of facts when you always get the same results. There is nothing wrong with religion and faith (depending on how it is used rather than abused). There is depth to reality beyond science. I believe this. It is why I am not an atheist. My cautionary note, which I have said till I'm blue in the face, is that because anything based on faith cannot be proven (by definition) I do not understand how anyone can believe their opinion on the subject is fact. It is an opinion. Animism best suits my view of reality. Where I disagree with most others here is that I don't pretend that I have the right answer and everyone else is wrong. I accept that my faith can very well be wrong. Why? There is no mechanism to prove it! This is the essence of my issue. Spirituality in some form is real enough but the particulars are beyond any mortal's ability to prove. If it cannot be proven, it seems hubris to me to state that one person's spirituality is The One Truth and all the others are wrong.