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  •  Liberal, mainline Protestantism isn't controlling (4+ / 0-)

    at all. Maybe that partly explains why those denominations are in decline. ;-)

    One thing you don't mention in your very insightful post is that in many cases, belonging to a religion is just a matter of maintaining a family tradition and/or cultural identity. Thus, you have Jews, Christians, and Muslims who culturally identify with those faiths but are not actual believers.

    I would say this is another dimension that differentiates religions from cults. Being Orthodox is part of being Russian; being Catholic is part of being Polish. No shopping around for a denomination for those people (Protestant missionaries from America notwithstanding).

    •  I tend to agree here. (3+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea, Alexandre, wilderness voice

      People like the trappings and fixtures, the memories of stained glass windows, but sometimes don't really follow the dictums.

      I was raised as an atheist Unitarian, and I still remember the cookies. LOL.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:04:52 PM PST

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