From Kansas City's most prolific author on faith & morals . . .
"Religious leaders and institutions can be both authoritative and nurturing. And, in fact, unless religions are going to throw out all the rules, beliefs and traditions, someone has to know, fairly authoritatively, what they are and be able to explain them."
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Some religious traditions -- or, more accurately, some branches of some religious traditions -- are more authoritarian than others. Which means those others tend to allow for more open discussion of difficult questions and aren't quick to declare someone a...