Sunday, September 5, 2010
the importance of being earnest...
Readers of this blog know that I have long settled into a love of the moderate. My favorite political book is Eliot Richardson's "Reflections of a Radical Moderate." And in religion, though my position is considered heretical by my conservative Christian friends, it is considered quite conservative by some of my fellow Unitarians.
Far from regretting my more "earnest" days, I feel I learned much about the spirit of the religious impulse and am grateful for it...
As usual James Freeman Clarke speaks my mind better than I do. This his "Message of Faith, Hope and Love" for Sept. the 5th.
"PEOPLE who are in earnest are apt to be a little one-sided, narrow, and fanatical. But the Lord uses such agents to move the world. Do not oppose them, but endeavor to moderate them, and, like Paul, to show, if you can, a more excellent way."
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