What we talk about when we talk about G*d

At this stage of my life, I find myself increasingly seeking simplicity on many questions. While I’ve always been happy to analyze, over-analyze, and problematize important issues about life, language, religious expressions, and the best office supplies, I am now more interested in the irreducible questions at the core of these issues. Right now, I’m wondering what in the world people actually mean when they say “G*d.” And I am deliberately following the Jewish custom of not spelling out The Name, because I believe any conversation about G*d needs to begin by acknowledging we…