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  1. If God communes with humanity according to our ability to perceive or understand, what would that mean about the human relationship to divinity and about religious laws? These are very interesting questions. Thank you.

  2. Loved this one! I have to admit that my engagement level ebbs and flows, as I usually listen to podcasts while jogging with my dog or driving, so forgive me if this sounds like I didn’t listen really well (could be the case!). Dan, I really liked the end when you used the analogy of being in a class and rather than skipping to the end of the book to find all the answers to regurgitate them at the final (thus not learning anything), we need to experience life, develop our relationship with God and others, exercise faith, dance with the divine, etc. I could have your meaning wrong, but I think that’s what you were getting at.

    My frustration is, and I’d love to explore ways to deal with it, that the church seems to discourage us doing much of what you talk about. I think, if they had their druthers, we would all be cookie cutter images of one another, and we’d all follow the prophet and develop testimonies of how the church is where we will find all the answers to our problems. They don’t want us to learn on our own. They want us under their watchful eye. I think of the Pink Floyd song “Mother,” when it says “Mother’s gonna check out all your girlfriends for you. Mother won’t let anyone dirty get through.” I feel like the church is more concerned that we place our faith in it than in God, and frankly, that sounds more like Satan’s plan than Jesus’.

    Would love to hear ways to deal with this type of issue–how to “detoxify” ourselves from the rhetoric and get comfortable with our own fallibility, the church’s, and everyone else’s.

    Love what you’re doing Dan!

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