I was watching last week’s Matt Lauer interview with Britney Spears and once again contemplating why Madonna would be so infuriated with Britney’s decision to forsake Kabbalah for Christianity.

Practicing Kabbalah (or at least the Kabbalah-light version that celebrities are drawn to) allows Madonna to be “spiritual” without having to acknowledge the existence of an actual god who saw her spread eagle in her 1992 book Sex.

Like many others, Madonna likely believes that instead of a god, there is a “force”–an organizing energy, as George Carlin calls it. I’ve often wondered what this force is that we keep hearing about. Centrifugal? Gravity? Star Wars?