Possibly Vynn could be an example of what I'm referring to. Yes, someone like that. Someone who believes in god but doesn't follow a religion and, as you say, interprets things in their own, original way (original to them at least). What was Vynn like in your opinion, both before he deconverted and after?
Vynn oringinally believed in God and was a pastor or youth pastor. As i unserstand, he was protestant.
Right now, as i undrstand it he firmly disbelieves in God.
Now, he had a bit of a crusade against dogmatic thinking among humans and he didn't exclude atheists from said crusade.
He is slso very spirirual and very interested in the experiential. He may also be interested in pantheistic metaphors but that does not mean that he believe he believes in anything beyond the material.
Politically speaking, he didn't like being put into a box. He may have some libertarian tendencies but in either case, he was neither well defined as conservative or as a liberal, democrat or republican. I had some arguments with bim about the importance of voting, lol.
On isgodimsginary.com, he has a nice thread on Judis*anse, i cant remember the term but that is a thread I frequently have raised from the dead. That thread focuses on common experiences people have and ignores the explanation for those experiences.
I loved said thread because it touched both on severalTaoist themes and a theme of Michael Shermer. Said thinking could partially explain why many Taoists don't care about questions of theology per se. They rather focus on the universal things that cannot be pinned down. One can also look into non_supernatural attempts to deal with the subjective asoects of conscencious or qualia.
I miss vynn and was sad when he left these forums in a bit of a huff. I suppose its ironic that hiz thinking was a bit dogmatic on the issues he was angry about. It would be invalid to see him as a theist or as a deist.