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There are top-down religions and bottom up religions and ways of thinking about matters of faith and god.




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Top down religions tend to tell people what to do, how to iive, using a god figure as ultimate authority, often with a high priest, pope, rabbi, head mullah, etc. as the ultimate authority. Most put their religion above all others and may have evangelism and conversion as a value-- God wants EVERYONE to believe this religion. 

Bottom up religions tend to come from the earth-- authority figures are humble, aim to empower people, help them find ways to connect and synergize with nature. 
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There are some religions that are a mix of both. For example, some evangelical churches encourage grassroots prayer groups. 

Some religions, perhaps most, allow human weakness-- particularly the urge to power, greed, lust-- to corrupt some of the original teachings of the founders. 

I've written this hoping that commenters will flesh out specific examples of different top-down and bottom-up religions and practices. 
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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