An interviewer once asked a Nobel prize winner in physics about the horseshoe hanging on his office wall, implying a lucky horseshoe was a strange superstitious thing for the physicist to have. The physicist replied, “From what I understand, it works whether you believe in it or not.”
Are you “buying in” or mainly “being entertained by” an idea? It’s a question applicable to any concept.
But I’m familiar with Catholics and I was thinking about how you don’t know about the people you see in a Catholic church. Who’s bought in and who’s there essentially being entertained? I’ve talked to both practicing and recovering Catholics generally above a certain age, who find pleasure and comfort in being in the old style, larger, ornate Catholic churches – especially during a Latin mass if possible.