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Published: Friday, March 15 2013 5:05 p.m. MDT

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However, there seems to be a propensity among the most devoted members and leaders of churches, old and new, to conclude in their smugness that they have all of the answers. And just as the early Fathers did, when they do this today, they turn off the lights on those who still have questions. - Clayton Christensen

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think Prof. Christensen worded it right when he said people are searching for churches that will allow them to do what they want to do and believe what they want to believe.

We who call ourselves "spiritual but not religious" aren't looking for an "anything goes" way of life with no rules and no discipline. Rather, we want inner autonomy (which we believe is a gift from God) to decide what resonates with our spirit and sense of God, and what doesn't.

Orthodox religions have tended to claim that what they say *is* God speaking, and if anything within us feels that something "doesn't sound right," it's the devil, or our sinful self, speaking.

No wonder an increasing number of people are leaving the churches and discovering God, with deep devotion and discipline, from the inside out. We never claim to have all the answers. We just insist on a continuing exploration for ourselves, without the services of any self-appointed Spokesperson for God.

How to pick a Pope? For us, wrong question. Rather: Why would we need a Pope?

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