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    As a first approximation, I define "belief" not as the object of believing (a dogma, a program, etc.) but as the subject's investment in a proposition, the act of saying it and considering it as true.

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Man's most valuable trait Is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

Man's most valuable trait Is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

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The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith.

The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith.

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Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to read more

Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to overlook.

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No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he read more

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

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There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when read more

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.

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Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.

Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.

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In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.

In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.

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When we debunk a fanatical faith or prejudice, we do not strike at the root of fanaticism. We merely prevent read more

When we debunk a fanatical faith or prejudice, we do not strike at the root of fanaticism. We merely prevent its leaking out at a certain point, with the likely result that it will leak out at some other point. Thus by denigrating prevailing beliefs and loyalties, the militant man of words unwittingly creates in the disillusioned masses a hunger for faith. For the majority of people cannot endure the barrenness and futility of their lives unless they have some ardent dedication, or some passionate pursuit in which they can lose themselves. Thus, in spite of himself, the scoffing man of words becomes the precursor of a new faith.

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I see heaven's glories shine and faith shines equal...

I see heaven's glories shine and faith shines equal...

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