Sunday, May 31, 2009

Quote of the Day (Reinhold Niebuhr, on Religion and the Just Society)

"Without the ultrarational hopes and passions of religion no society will ever have the courage to conquer despair and attempt the impossible; for the vision of a just society is an impossible one, which can be approximated only by those who do not regard it as impossible. The truest visions of religion are illusions, which may be partially realised by being resolutely believed. For what religion believes to be true is not wholly true but ought to be true; and may become true if its truth is not doubted."--Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932)

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