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« Reply #23: April 14, 2007, 10:37:48 pm »

Spinoff of the religion-building thread:

What is clergy to you?  Does your religion have a separation of clergy and laity?  What's the difference?

Is clergy a life calling, or a hat you wear at appointed times?

A clergy IMHO is a role, or roles, that allows the individual to immerse themselves in their belief system largely to the exclusion of other pursuits. Clergy provide the laity with a resource that follows simple beliefs to their ultimate conclusions and that ensures that required religious activities take place att eh same time that physically necessary activities are also seen to within the community.

My personal beliefs have no particular role for a clergy, as such; however, there is a role for teachers, which is broadly similar in that their life is dominated by the belief system, its exploration and its communication. It can be either a life calling or a sometimes thing, dependant on the ability of the sage to support themselves.

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