Thursday, February 28, 2008

I do not believe it, though I often hear it

"Much of the outlook of American churches today can be capsulated in the phrase 'liberty, equality, fraternity,' which James Fitzjames Stephen over a century ago called the Religion of Humanity: 'It is one of the commonest beliefs of the day that the human race collectively has before it splendid destinies of various kinds, and that the road to them is to be found in the removal of all restraints on human conduct, in the recognition of a substantial equality between all human creatures, and in fraternity or general love.' He added, 'I do not believe it.' Neither does anyone with eyes to see and even a trace of common sense. The Religion of Humanity is not Christianity or Judaism but tends to oust those religions or soften them to irrelevance."

Robert H. Bork, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, page 294.