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Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.
In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
Stephen Jay Gould
Therefore, the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith, not even for us today, for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church.
So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy.
Justifying faith is not a naked assent to the truths of the gospel.
Faith means intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable person.
Indeed upon much that may have to say, I expect rather the charitable judgment than the full assent of those whose approbation I could most wish to win.
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