There is a division between organized religion and more independent spirituality that grew from that, not a denial of a higher power or dimension.<quoted text>
That slow steady separation between science and religion over the last 150 years, in fact had a reason Dave. It was called discovery.
Darwin was a deeply religious man, what he learned broke his spirit. Do you know what his wife said to him after he told her?
Well we can only hope it isn't true, and if it is we better pray it doesn't become widely known. Well welcome to the widely known fact. No emotion involved anymore, once you know you either accept the truth or you keep lying to yourself. Admit it Dave your emotion will pass, and then you will feel so much better.
That is what Jesus taught. Individual connections to the great "I AM". The emergence of consciousness and existence. All you got to do is believe you live past this manifestation.
The church and formalized doctrine were created by men. That could be by design of a higher power to spread a message, but man is good about overcomplicating some things, and putting some money in his pocket from such. He has a way of perverting anything from its original meaning, especially to suit his needs. Doesn't make the core message wrong.