Calvin is more correct about math as a religion than he imagines. That Keith Devlin discovered the wonders of math at the top of a tree that allowed him to escape the confines of the forest (the Garden of Wholeness of which we are an integral part) demonstrates the veracity of Calvin's thinking.
In my youth, I literally climbed to the top of a tree on top of a Colorado mountain with its base at 12,000 feet elevation and "saw God". What we see or experience at those airy heights is NOT the truth of the world in which we are immersed, but the abstractions from that world that are poor approximations of the real thing.
Both mathematics and religions are such abstractions - mental metaphors for the world of dust and moonbeams - beautiful in its perfection, perhaps, but only a substitute for, and evasion of, the real world of which we're made.
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