Thinking About…

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


  1. says

    Thanks for sharing this today. It’s true. Religion makes itself irrelevant when it becomes more about law than about grace. Grace is the living water.

  2. says

    Many churches including the one I attend, lack the fire and the supernatural move of God. We settle for fellowship and community and a good message to feed our spirit, but do not experience what some call the anointing of power from on High.
    That is a necessary filling when we as a people get ready to do s work for God outside the church walls.

  3. says

    Thank you for bringing this quote back to my attention, Laura! It is one of my favorites and captures well my heartbreak (at times) over the community of faith, or at least the song the world hears it singing the loudest. I want to sing a good song, one pleasing to God’s ears and one that ministers.

  4. says

    Heschel tells it like it is, doesn’t he? No pulled punches.

    There are sunflowers in my post today, too, but your photo is better. 🙂

    May the Lord bless you with living,growing, not heirloom faith.

  5. says

    A thought-provoking statement. A lot hinges on how we define and perceive “religion”, and what is wrong with “habitual love”? Love is love! I suspect there is much more here than meets the eye. Perhaps deeper understanding could be obtained in the content and context of the whole book. I think I will read it. Thanks for the “heads up”, Laura.

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