Religion’s Contribution

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Though churches and all other religious groups should stand aloof from all secular activities, at the same time religion must do nothing to hinder or retard the social co-ordination of human institutions.  Life must continue to grow in meaningfulness; man must go on with his reformation of philosophy and his clarification of religion.

Political science must affect the reconstruction of economics and industry by the techniques it learns from the social sciences and by the insights and motives supplied by religious living.  In all social reconstruction religion provides a stabilizing loyalty to a transcendent object, a steadying goal beyond and above the immediate and temporal objective.  In the midst of the confusions of a rapidly changing environment we need the sustenance of a far-flung cosmic perspective.

Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.

Humans can never wisely decide temporal issues or transcend the selfishness of personal interests unless we meditate in the presence of the sovereignty of God and reckon with the realities of divine meanings and spiritual values.

Economic interdependence and social fraternity will ultimately conduce to brotherhood.  Man is naturally a dreamer, but science is sobering us so that religion can activate us with, presently far less danger of precipitating fanatical reactions.  Economic necessities tie us up with reality, and personal religious experience brings each of us face to face with the eternal realities of an ever-expanding and progressing cosmic citizenship (of which we all – if you so choose – will come to know).

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