A Confraternity of the Fatherless

When I think about religion at all, I feel as if I would like to found an order for those who cannot believe: the Confraternity of the Fatherless one might call it, where on an altar, on which no taper burned, a priest, in whose heart peace had no dwelling, might celebrate with unblessed bread and a chalice empty of wine.

And as I look around, I feel like we are a realization of poor Oscar Wilde’s wistful fantasy—this order of those who ... Full Story »

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by Dwight Rousu - Nov. 1, 2011

If you actually do escape from beliefs that you inherit just because of the particular group into which you happen to have been born, there’s a sweetness of unanimity that is your reward. Because all people who are trying to move away from the beliefs into which they were born and are struggling toward objectivity or rationality are moving in the same direction. And it is extraordinarily moving to me, having grown up in such an insular community, to meet people who come from traditions and from groups that are so dissimilar from mine, and we have a unity of mind because we’ve embraced objectivity, we’ve embraced reason.

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