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  •  they found it there (3+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, Shawn87, TrueBlueMajority

    but that was not -- is not -- the only place to find it.  one does not need organized religion to have a rich spiritual life.  

    divinity is everywhere.  thou art god.  

    peace

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:33:58 AM PDT

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    •  That's one viewpoint... (2+ / 0-)
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      one does not need organized religion to have a rich spiritual life.  

      divinity is everywhere.  thou art god.  

      ...but it's certainly not the only one.

      Some people do need organized religion to have a rich spiritual life. They find spiritual value in the organization itself, in the structure and coherence that organized religion has at its best, in traditions that stretch back for generations, in rituals that they find deeply meaningful and beautiful.

      That doesn't make those people in any way inferior to those who have rich spiritual lives without organized religion. It's just a different way of doing spirituality.

      It is no less an act of imposition, no less an act of oppression, to tell someone that their spirituality is wrong because they require organized religion as its outlet, than it is to tell someone that their spirituality is wrong because it's not connected to organized religion.

      Please be more open to those with viewpoints other than your own.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 11:34:52 AM PDT

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