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A statement that changed my life...

"John, every criticism you make about 'organized religion' is found somewhere in the Bible itself. Read Isaiah. Read Amos; read Hosea, not to mention Jesus: you'll find that everything that bothers you about religion bothered them, too, and that all the same criticisms you are making were made by them, thousands of years ago - they're all right there in the Bible. They were saying the same things you are saying. Except they were saying it even more strongly than you are. And certainly more eloquently."   That was Eric Dean, a professor of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College , and it was said to me in my sophomore year of college during one of my rants against organized religion. Like many people - like you perhaps - when I was young (late high school and early college), I went through a rebellious "I don't want to have anything to do with organized religion" stage. This was a stage when I couldn't stand Christianity, or bein