Last night I was chatting with Cynic. I have known him for eight years, and between my sensitive manner and his abrasive one, we both marvel at the fact that we're friends.
Case in point: I was telling him that I wish I was still as religious as I used to be years ago, because if I was, I would be handling this current situation a lot better. He disagreed, but I know myself and I know it's true. Then he said, "You have to learn how to handle your own shit and not rely on divine intervention." I was somewhat irked by his ostensible insensitivity, and he clarified by saying that he feels that I can find the strength in myself (without God). Ever the humanist.
Anyway, that got me thinking: Is religion a crutch, or is it a viable coping method? Is there a difference between the two?