In an age of skepticism, in its broader sense as "a suspension...

The Jewish Journal

In an age of skepticism, in its broader sense as "a suspension of judgment pending examination of the evidence of an alleged truth," mankind as a whole has assumed toward all subjects, and particularly the subject of religion, the intelligent attitude of weighing, considering, testing, and proving before passing judgment. Education and experience have taught men that they must work out their own salvation, and that they may not hope to have God in their lives simply through inheritance or contact "in living and work, with their fellow religionists sharing in their weal and woe." Religion is an individual, and not a racial experience, and the demand that men shall give the "reason of the hope" that is in them, requires evidence of religion in its effects in their daily lives and conduct rather than by genealogical charts or in merely social and economic activities.

All monotheistic religions are judged first by their fundamentals, and secondly by the results of their application as shown in the effects on their adherents, and through them upon the world, in advancing the correct knowledge and worship of God and the establishment of His kingdom. The monotheistic religions differ but little in their fundamentals, which may be stated simply as the correct knowledge and worship of God, and a proper understanding of man's relation to Him. What men think about these fundamentals constitutes theology, or human opinions for the exemplification of the fundamentals, crystallized into sects and creeds. These are almost without limit in number and wholly at variance in expression. Each claims for itself superiority over all the others, and in their discussions, exponents too often forget that ridicule and a lofty superciliousness no longer pass as argument or proof, and that when they essay to consider and pass upon the religions of others, it well behooves the professing servants of the most high God to tread lightly and to remember His command to Moses, "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." This is more especially true when an intelligent consideration of the question demands a knowledge which can be gained only by experience and demonstration, and not merely through superficial opinion or even intellectual proficiency.

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