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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %DISINTEGRATIVE RELIGIOUS LEADERS UNINFORMED BIAS+961223 %PREJUDICE ARBITRARY CAPRICIOUS REPRESSED IGNORANCE 961223 Disintegrative religious leaders are often disintegrative because they: 1. Are uninformed by open and honest dialogue with the common people of their own day and place who are sharing their own current personal religious experiences. 2. Are ignorant about the personal dilemmas and paradoxes encountered in the the everyday living of the common people who are neighbors to them. 3. Are not seeking personal and communal integrity in their own lives through the sharing of their own personal lives with those whom they seek to lead. 4. Are not testing the value of their own teaching in terms of open and honest dialogue about the the fruits which their teaching bear in the lives of their followers and of those touched by their followers. 5. Are uninformed by open and honest dialogue with contemporaneous scientists, scholars, writers and artists who echo the creative efforts of people who are earnestly seeking personal and communal integrity. 6. Stuck in the patterns of perception, thought, feeling, analysis and thinking of the past---and so are unable to grow in healthy ways which are responsive to modern changes, transformations, renewals, rebirths, etc. 7. Are preoccupied with issues of control, conformity and confirmations there-of. 8. Are preoccupied with particular technologies of salvation, rather than liberated by and moved by any works of Love through Holy Spirit's transforming presence and enlightenment. 9. Are more preoccupied with their own status and the status of their followers; than with the integrity of their lives, and the integrity of their communities. 10. Are more preoccupied with how to keep their lives and communities "pure" and "acceptable" by "appropriate exclusions" --- than they are interested in working toward personal and communal integrity through the creative integration of the experiences and insights of as many different people as are willing to openly and honestly share their experiences and insights in uninhibited dialogue. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================