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Why religious community?

Dec 11, 2006 • Karen

I don't know if Pastor Chris still reads this, but the question is open to everyone: what is the point of religious community? Is there a *spiritual* reason to prefer a group Bible study to just reading the book yourself? Is there a point to sharing faith stories with others? Why proselytize?

More to the point, can you point me to any books/articles/writings online that would address these?

They may seem like obvious questions, but attempting to research counterpoints to my Kierkegaard paper (or relevant analyses of Kierkegaard himself, for that matter!) is being a real pain in the butt.