Originally posted by ivanhoe
There must be lots of them on the site ...... but where are they, the searchers who want to explore and experience the "divine", the Bayesian god-searchers, the believers who want to "feel" god, the Wiccans, the people who think the divine can only be found inside themselves .......... or those who believe the Universal Force is in fact god.
Where are you ? Please introduce yourselves to the RHP community.
Wicca, for one thing, while paying homage to the Horned God (the Celtic Cernunnos), is largely focussed on the Goddess as its central basis of devotion, and as such is largely a feminine tradition. Chess playing is largely a masculine tradition. I'd venture that close to 95% of RHP chessplayers are male. In Wicca, probably 80 to 90% of participants are female. So the odds of finding a Wiccan chessplayer are relatively remote, although I'm sure they exist.
Even the New Age movement, though no longer as clearly defined as it was during its Shirley MacClaine-inspired hey days of the 1980s, has always been predominantly female, 70 to 80%, I'd estimate. Male New Agers certainly exist but their focus is more concerned with the mystical/spiritual, and less with the intensely rational/competitive element that is the hallmark of a game like chess.
Older, traditional, masculine-based religions like Christianity and philosophical approaches such as athiesm would seem to go hand in hand with older, traditional, conceptual/competitive games like chess, and hence the overwhelming concern this chess community has with Christianity and/or atheism in its discussion forums.
By the way, concerning alternative spiritualites and chess, one marked exception to all that was Aleister Crowley, the notorious Hermetic magus and scholar of Eastern spirituality, who was also a strong chessplayer, about 2000 level.