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    SherwoodB, zett

    one advantage of belonging to a religious tradition of some sort is belonging to a caring community.  I don't know if that was important to you as a child, but if so, you may miss that now.

    One alternative you might consider is the Quakers.  As far as I can tell, their one doctrine is that each individual is a source of spiritual light.  Beyond that, what each Quaker believes or doesn't believe is considered a matter of their own conscience.  Worship services are conducted in complete silence.  There is no pastor.  All Quakers do their own spiritual heavy lifting.  But members of a Meeting are all expected to give input regarding all decisions that must be made, as such decisions are made by consensus.

    Your story reminds me of a young woman I know who was raised in a fundamentalist Evangelical environment where her parents carefully controlled what she and her sisters were exposed to.  She is currently attending a Bible college, but she is going through a spiritual crisis, because she no longer considers herself a Calvinist.  Her father is distressed about this, and so there is family friction involved.  (Her mother died of cancer some years ago.)  She is still extremely conservative and extremely Christian, but she hasn't yet worked out quite what she believes in the details.  If only her father could understand that each young person has to find his or her own way.

    By the way, as something of an atheist myself, I have made a certain peace with religion and religious people.  It is clear that many, if not most, humans have a need for religion to satisfy their spiritual hungers.  While I could rail about how such religions require belief in all sorts of absurdities, I've decided to ignore that and simply ask if the residue of the religious experience is mere kindness to others.  If the answer is yes, then I have no problem with that religious person, whatever I might think of the religion.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 06:10:06 PM PDT

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