I grew up and continue in a tradition that both holds to doctrines and encourages thinking and questioning. But the doctrines aren't ends unto themselves. Faith as we understand it is not and cannot be our own creation. It it trust in specific promises of God in Jesus Christ, trust that is created by the Holy Spirit only when those promises are communicated again (and again) to us. Our "spirituality" then we understand as an actual encounter with an actual God with something specific to speak and do in and for our lives. Knowing ourselves and God in this, encounter is something that takes a whole lifetime and is never completed on this side of the grave, and may even continue after that. But it is not our own creation.
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