A Definition of Religion.


So many people have tried their hands at a definition of religion that I will also attempt it. Religion is the perpetual realization of God, the spiritualization of daily life Religion is not a means of escape from this miserable world, but a way of living better in it and of making it less miserable. Religion is something to live by, not merely to die by. It is primarily for this world; for a great deal of what we call our religion will be useless in the next world. The New Jerusalem is a city without a church. Christ would not pray that his disciples be taken from the world, but that they might be sanctified in the world, working each at daily trivial tasks, to the end that His kingdom should come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven:

Till daily life becomes divine,

And every land a Palestine.

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May 23, 1901

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