IS prayer and worship the expression of longing and inner dialogue (directed to a projected self)?
And when religion turns fundamentalist, is it because this metaphorical self is LITERALIZED?
In short, does fundamentalism mistake the metaphor for something REAL (like a bee trying to draw nectar from a flower drawn on wallpaper)?
Below is a Neil Diamond song that evokes an imaginary friend in ways that are curiously similar to a fundamentalist talking to Jesus.
The difference seems to be that Neil Diamond recognizes that his “friend” is imaginitively CONSTRUCTED—whereas the fundamentalist does not: