… Deep faith beneficial to health | Stanford News. (Hat tip, Cynthia Haven.)
Rather than presume that people worship because they believe, or build cathedrals because the belief is already present, Luhrmann flips the equation. She argues instead that people believe because they worship. In other words, the process of “real-making” and engaging fully in rituals and practices that bring one closer to God is so satisfying to practitioners that their faith endures.
This has certainly been my experience.