This too sits at the core of the LDS Church. We don’t pay professionals, in the form of clergy, to teach us. We teach one another, and we do it by the case method — though the scriptures label them as “parables” instead of cases. We discuss Christ’s “cases” at church, teaching one another how to follow Christ more completely. I remember, for example, when a man who worked the night shift at UPS masterfully orchestrated a case study in our church about forgiveness — around the Bible’s story about the Prodigal Son.
A reason why so many discussions among the erudite disparage religion, while some religious people are wary of answers from science, is that we have the categories wrong. Many assume that science and academics belong in one category of knowledge, while religion comprises another category, primarily of belief. Further, religions often are sub-segmented into Catholics vs. Protestants, and Traditional vs. Evangelical Christians. Some in the latter group even categorize deeply Christian Mormons as “non-Christians.” These categorizations generate far more heat than light.