Is it the “organized” part of “organized religion” everyone claims to dislike, or the “religion” part?
This is a question I’ve long pondered. It sticks with me because of the idea that something so complex as salvation and the eternal fate of one’s immortal soul is a wee bit more complex than other things we crave guidance and instruction on.
- Want to get your house painted? Well, only licensed, approved contractors will do.
- I’m sending my kid’s to school. Are these teachers degreed?
- I’d really like a haircut. Did the Department of Professional Licensure say they’re legit?
- I’m going to interpret ancient Hebrew texts and try to discern the word of the Lord. Meh. I don’t need any help. I’ll just do it myself.
If this doesn’t seem weird to you, then I guess you have full faith and confidence in your ability to comprehend everything and anything.
The rest of us, not so much.
Let’s look at each part of this “organized religion” conundrum. Continue reading “The Organized Religion Boogeyman”