When Religion Undermines Faith

“It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion–its message becomes meaningless.”

(Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism

4 thoughts on “When Religion Undermines Faith

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  2. Kristi

    this resonates with me….thank you… on another but related note, here is the link to my daughter’s blog which she writes as part of a global leadership internship…in many ways, I see her incredible faith and love and action and quickly developing sense of real discipleship as more church than any “church” I’ve stepped into…not sure why God entrusted us to be this kid’s earthly parents , but I’m sure He has His reasons and I’m grateful and I will die trying to be the mother she needs and deserves….http://hopek.theembercast.org/

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