religious belief

religious belief

Personal Religious Beliefs vs Official Organizational Stances

6d ago
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Here I explain the distinction between people's personal religious beliefs, and the official denominational stances. I talk from my own experience about how, when I have talked in depth with people about their religious beliefs, I was surprised to find that their beliefs often deviate from the official stances of organizations they identify with. I give the example of Catholicism and Protestantism, and transubstantiation, and explain how I have met Catholics who don't believe in this, and protestants who do. I conclude by saying that, because people don't always hold beliefs that agree with the official beliefs of organizations they identify with or are members of, that I don't like it when people make general statements about what members of certain religions believe, and that I prefer when people talk only about their beliefs, or about official organizational beliefs.