The Gods exist and are essentially benevolent. A natural relationship unites people with the Gods. Human relationship with the gods requires human action. The Gods can communicate Their will. We promote religio and pietas and we avoid superstitio.
Religio is the attitude that the Gods are the benevolent partners of mortals in the management of the world, and that the prescribed rituals are the proper return for the help that is provided by the Gods.
Pietas is sincere diligence in fulfilling the requirements of the partnership with the Gods and in honoring all obligations. In contrast, Superstitio is any excessive and slavish behavior that is intended to placate the anger of the Gods, or the desire to extract knowledge or power from the Gods.
While I generally agree, I find some reflexion to be necessary in order to prevent misunderstandings, namely on one word: benevolent!
In which sense are the Gods “essentially benevolent”? Are They non-aggressive in a Buddhist sort of way? Do They lack darker or less pleasant sides? Are They infinitely generous and incapable of unprovoked harm? Or is it something else? What follows are my personal beliefs and should not be taken as a sort of “gospel” of the religio, as other cultores may have different thoughts on the subject.