For me, theosophy is a mind pursuit, it is not very useful for arriving at truth because it goes on feeding ego - you think this person is very intelligent so you go on accepting and reading more and more of the work. You will not arrive at anything through this pursuit though, you will just go on acquiring more knowledge. Unitarian Universalism is closer simply because it does not uphold any scripture and invites you to investigate for yourself, it isn't telling you how things are at all. At the same time, it teaches much about morality and this is the trap all faiths get into. It cannot be authentic virtue unless it comes from your inner being, otherwise it is just something you feel obligated to do. It is not that I do not permit something of afterlife, and I am not sure where you have gathered that I reject all views on the matter. It is simply that I have not died yet, for me it is not interesting to speculate on what will happen when I die - I know ultimately I will cease to be something distinct from the whole, I know I am part of the source and have not been separate ever. I do not know if this means I will be reborn or whether there is a heaven waiting for me after death - I simply do not value such speculation at all. For me, rebirth is a clinging to this world, you want to return because you fear whatever else may happen - you are comfortable here. In heaven, I see nothing but a catering to greed, you will get everything you ever wanted - ego enjoys knowing that all this hard work will pay off in the future. Of course, hell is the alternative, something to make you fearful if you disobey. I am more about the now, and right now I am very much alive. For me, group-think is EXTREMELY dangerous, but I have said nothing about avoiding communities. Communities are much different to groups, a community is a team of individuals, a group is something more ugly, in groups you are expected to all agree on something in particular - you are not permitted individuality. I have no problem with discussing religious topics - that is why I am on an interfaith forum - but what I have a problem with is that often religious study circles are about drawing a particular conclusion... it is more about ensuring the whole group is thinking alike. There will be an authority there most often, and the others are driven towards his way of thinking... You might think what I do here is not dissimilar to this, but there is a huge difference. I have no bias about the devices used, I simply say that all devices - all streams - lead to the same ocean and try to create discussion from the ocean. If you are too much distracted by the pretty scenery either side of your particular stream, I might try to stop you from fighting the current and continue your journey but that is all. For me, the streams are too limited, and you can go back and check out the scenery once you have visited the ocean - all will be much more beautiful then anyway.