A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Emerson quote

Here's an insight by Ralph Waldo Emerson on practices and ritual that seem relevant for religious liberals today. It's from his address to the Harvard Divinity students.
The evils of the church that now is are manifest. The question returns, What shall we do? I confess, all attempts to project and establish a cultus with new rites and forms, seem to me vain.

Faith makes us and not we it, and faith makes its own forms. All attempts to contrive a system are as cold as the new worship introduced by the French to the goddess of reason.

Rather let the breath of new life be breathed by you through the forms already existing. For if once you are alive, you shall find they shall become plastic and new.

1 Comments:

At 11:56 AM , Blogger Sam said...

Hey Dwight,

If you are an Emerson fan, you might be interested: we're having a sort of open internet roundtable discussion on Emerson's essays over on the Radio Open Source website.

http://www.radioopensource.org/on-emerson-and-emerson%e2%80%99s-history-some-thoughts-you-may-or-may-not-find-interesting/

We'd love to hear from you!

Best,
Sam Gale Rosen
Producer, http://www.radioopensource.org
sam radioopensource org

 

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