doctrine over people

I was thinking about this passage from Fear and Trembling:

The paradox of faith, then, is this: that the single individual is higher than the universal, that the single individual…determines his relation to the universal by his relation to the absolute, not his relation to the absolute by his relation to the universal.

And then I stumbled upon this:

Identifying Religious Brainwashing: Doctrine Over Person (Part 7 of 8)

In our modern scientific post-Enlightenment age have we placed doctrine/ideas above people? Is there a general push just to conform, to defend the party, rather than embody the truth in my life?