VALID OBJECTIVES OF ORGANIZED RELIGION

By Robert M. Dunn

The practice of religion does not require organization, but organization can serve two basic objectives, and at least one valid corollary objective.

The first proper basic objective of organized religion is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge concerning ultimate and ulterior issues, i.e., provide a forum for the study and sharing of fundamental ideas.

The second proper basic objective of organized religion is to provide opportunity for the creation and enjoyment of friendships with others of like mind.

In addition, religious organizations can enhance the efficacy of participants in the accomplishment of their shared basic objectives by taking advantage of pooled knowledge, specialization and division of labor, and combined resources.

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