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Can organized religion survive with anti-clericalism?

  • Organized religion requires clergy.

    The growing movement opposing clergy or even established church grounds disrupts the very foundation of what is thought to be "organized religion." Having a person who leads the worship in a place strictly for the worship and with words required for worship is what defines the organized part in that statement. Many people have lost faith in the church, but not their faith in the bible. So why not practice religion on your own? Take that 10% of your income and donate it directly to a charity of your choice rather than letting the church decide. That is the arguement for lower state taxes. Why not apply this for churches?

  • Organized Religion Anti-Clericalism

    I personally think that Anti-clericalism is a historical movement that opposes the clergy for reasons including their actual or alleged power and influence in all aspects of public and political life and their involvement in the everyday life of the citizen, their privileges, or their enforcement of orthodoxy, according to Wikipedia. I believe that it has become mainstream in Christianity, at least within the United States. There are a lot of people here that uphold Christian values, yet don't attend church or listen to clergy at all. That's why you see a lot of people identify as "spiritual," but maybe not religious.

  • Tell the clerics to stop it.

    Yes, organized religion can survive with anti-clericalism, because the clerics can be brought into line without all of organized religion needing to fall apart. Most religions are peaceful. There are a few religions that are violent, just like their are some atheists that feel they need to use force to get their point across. The relationship with religion and violence is not necessarily related and clerics can be brought into line without turning our back on religion.

  • Of Course It Can

    According to Wikipedia, anti-clericalism is a historical movement that opposes the clergy for reasons including their actual or alleged power and influence in all aspects of public and political life and their involvement in the everyday life of the citizen, their privileges, or their enforcement of orthodoxy. Off all the religions there are billions of followers. It is clear that anti-clericalism proves to be a force against some organized religions, but certainly not all of them. For one thing, not all religions have clergy. Secondly, many people see religion as more than it's organized value, it has far reaching boundaries that won't be easily hindered.

  • Maybe they can not

    Maybe they can not survive with anti-clericalism because most religions require there being a strong central appointing body that usually has a significant amount of power within the religion and so by there not being one could compromise them and the way they are used of operating for so long.


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