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Fixed rules, rites, and rituals of religious membership, past and present, bring an order and connectedness that we instinctively crave in the face of the chaos and complexity, and perhaps it's as it's always meant to be. However...

...if only religious teachings could better model nature's constant call for change, adaptation, and complexity -- a core reexamination/rebirth of conscience from time to time.

Seems it's always through the efforts of an open-minded and talented few that the bottled up questions and disallowed pursuits of the past get to move forward and develop... SLOWLY redefining the nature and limits of what we choose to call mystery ...with equal parts wisdom and scientific inquiry.

...Krista, a kind thanks to you! ...for your outstanding efforts at encouraging understanding and discussion in a complex and disjointed world.