Isn't serendipity a wonderful thing? Just after finishing the post below, I was reading Jeshua Erickson's post at And no one heard a word where he had this quote from Tolstoy which, to me, read like a commentary on Doug Soderstrom's thoughts.
The more the understanding of Christ’s teaching was obscured,
the more the miraculous was introduced into it;
and the more the miraculous was introduced into it,
the more the doctrine was strained from its meaning and the more obscure it became;
and the more it was strained from its meaning and the more obscure it became,
the more strongly its infallibility had to be asserted,
and the less comprehensible the doctrine became.
Leo Tolstoy in "The Kingdom of God is within you"