What place is there within the Christian religion for non-essential doctrine? Some argue that there is no place for it. If it is not essential, then we do not need it. But, we disagree. We believe there is a place for non-essential doctrine… a very useful place, which is why we have referred to these doctrines as “useful doctrines.” They are not essential, but they are useful. Today, we discuss the place for useful doctrines within the Christian religion.