A lot of interesting insights in this. I don't have time to reply to something in depth, but this message will ensured I get subscribed to the thread and I can come back to contribute later.
I very much like that bit about "the God of YOUR understanding". Precious. I've begun to "believe" in God only recently. The only way I really could was by accepting that my God might not be exactly another's God, though they point to the same place, hopefully. It does fill a void that nothing else could fill though, this belief in God, and I'm so thankful for it. The "universe" is too impersonal.
Thanks for the food for thought, and I'm very interested to hear more,