Within the Agnostic Church, religious principles are the middle class of beliefs, located somewhere between dogma, which must be taken as basic definitions of fundamental concepts, and rules for life, which have the same force and effect as any system of religious rules. The distinction between dogma and principles is that the leaders and members of the Agnostic Church agree that we should not tolerate disbelief in the dogma of the Agnostic Church, but we can tolerate some degree of disbelief in our religious principles. (see The Nature of Religious Principles.) The rules for life, which are derived using the principles of Rule Utilitarianism and the guidence of the dogma and principles established by the Agnostic Church, provide some "ready-made" answers to questions likely to be raised by the faithful. (see also: The Nature of Rules for Life.)
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