Saturday, May 28, 2016
- George Washington, To the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches, 1789
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
"For you, doubtless, remember that I have often expressed my sentiment, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience."
(From "George Washington on Religious Liberty," by Vincent Phillip Muñoz; see also "Religious Liberty and the American Founding")
Sunday, May 22, 2016
- "Until you conquer the fear of being an outsider, an outsider you will remain."
- "To a young person, just entering on adult life, the world seems full of 'insides,' full of delightful intimacies and confidentialities, and he desires to enter them. But if he follows that desire he will reach no 'inside' that is worth reaching. The true road lies in quite another direction."
Thursday, May 12, 2016
"All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal."—Flannery O'Connor
One such story about the action of grace is "Revelation," in which the character Mrs. Turpin learns a valuable lesson about heaven.