I'm an aetheist, with a few Buddhistic tendencies and an appreciation for the Laws of Judaism (none of which I follow, except maybe a few of the basic 10).
My girlfriend, on the other hand, is a struggling WELS Lutheran. WELS is like the hardcore fundamentalist Lutheranism.
She struggles with it mostly because she is intelligent and thinks too much. Thus, her common sense and her reason and her quest for truth cause her to grapple with the apparent contradictions of her faith (although the latter are winning, as of now...).
We decided to go to a Bible Study together to discuss these deep religious questions and bond via our exploration of spirituality and science topics.
Our first attempt at this was with a WELS Lutheran pastor, and it was rather disappointing. What he presented was basic enough as to be insulting to our brains and he never asked us what we wanted to get out of it or what our backgrounds were. I guess he assumed we we both WELS Lutherans.
So of course he went into an unnecessary discussion of the weaknesses of evolution and Darwinism and how science is wishy washy and atheists are a bunch of assholes (he didn't use that word).
I wasn't actually offended. I understood his frame of reference. A WELS Lutheran minister can't very well go around telling people that Evolution is real and atheists might have a point here and there.
But it did make me realize that he would never be able to challenge me intellectually or field any of my philosophical questions.
Next stop is the Unitarian Church in Madison WI, where hopefully the spiritual basis is more intellectually rich and reason-based. We shall see.
P.S. I think me and my GF got more out of watching Jack Black in Nacho Libre than we did out of the Bible Study.