Quote of the Day (G. E. Lessing)

If God held all truth in his right hand and in his left the everlasting striving after truth, with the risk that I should always and everlastingly be mistaken, and said to me ‘Choose!’ in humility I would pick the left hand and say, ‘Father grant me that: Absolute truth is for thee alone.’

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Eine Duplik (1778) in Gesammelte Werke, ed. Paul Rilla (Berlin: Aufbau, 1954-8), vol.8, pp.505ff.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12617299120618867829 Angie Van De Merwe

    The article connected to the quote assumes that there is a destination. Who knows if there is a destination. The Jews didn’t agree about resurrection, the afterlife, etc…Christians don’t agree as to their understanding of the sacraments. And there are variances in other religions.Just as Hitchen’s scientific materialism is dogmatic, neither can spiritual transcendentalism be absolutized. The truth is that we are human and limited in all of our capacities to know. We see through the glass darkly and all of our understanding is partial. Therefore, religion should be an inclusive environment, not an exclusivistic absolute, because it is not understood in absolute rational terms, and science should remain humble in its advances, so as not to diminish the transcendent.Fundamentalists, and evangelicalism’s absolute truth claims upon Scripture are anathema to this viewpoint and it hinders the pursuit of truth, because truth can be held in one’s hand, objectified in propositional form and devied out in dogmatic posturing of arrogant certainty.Life is truth. The humanities reveal truth. And science points to truth. It is beauty, ugliness, messiness, order and disorder. All things are revelatory, if we have eyes to see and hearts to understand.Paul said that where sin abounds, grace does much more abound. Not that we should “sin” so that grace can be found, but that we don’t have to worry about “sin” and being so careful to misstep. Life is not about sin, salvation, and eternal life. Life is about being itself. I have found Christian churches to be confined, defined, and too restrictive of their understanding.I believe Unitarian Universalism is a religion of human choice with a belief in one God, who does not damn and condemn. I think this is believable, because it affirms unity in diversity and understands limitations to truth claims. And UU does not demand belief in a certain dogma.