In courts of law, the phrase "I believe" has no standing.
Never a witness gives testimony but that he cautioned thus:
"Tell us what you know, not what you believe."
In theology, belief has always been regarded as more
important than that which your sense say is so.
Almost with exception, "belief" is a legacy, an importation
-something borrowed, an echo, and often an echo of an echo.
The Creed of the Future will begin, "I know," not, "I believe."
And this creed will not be forced upon the people.
It will carry with is no coercion, no blackmail, no promise of
an eternal life of idleness and leisure if you accept it, and
no threat of hell if you don't.
It will have not paid, professional priesthood, claiming
honors, rebates and exemptions, nor will it hold estates free
from taxation. It will not organize itself into a system,
marry itself to the State, and call on the police for support.
It will be so reasonable, so in the line of self-preservation,
that no sane man or woman will reject it, and when we really
begin to live it we will cease to talk about it.( Read more...Collapse )
(taken from the Foreword of "An American Bible.")
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