Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Cheerful Ideas of Religion

Sydney Smith (1771-1845), letter to Francis Horner (November 25, 1816):
I endeavour in vain to give them more cheerful ideas of religion; to teach them that God is not a jealous, childish, merciless tyrant; that he is best served by a regular tenour of good actions,—not by bad singing, ill-composed prayers, and eternal apprehensions. But the luxury of false religion is, to be unhappy!

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