Is Doctrine a Dirty Word?

Doctrine divides, love unites. You may have heard such bromides as this and the variations on its second half, such as …Christ unites, …service unites, …spirituality unites, …the Spirit unites, …practice unites, and so forth. All are down on doctrine as divisive, and divisiveness is seen as bad. Notice this from an emergent church, process theologian writer: “In a world of multiple spiritual possibilities, today’s seekers focus on experience rather than doctrine, and rightly so. In their experience, doctrine divides and deadens while experience unites and transforms” (“A Tapestry of Belief and Experience“).