Signs of the Times

[E. Albert Cook, Ph. D., in The Biblical World]

Is it possible to hold a real religious faith in the brotherhood of man, as undoubtedly many are inclined to do to-day, without any faith in the fatherhood of God? For our present purpose I believe that we can say positively that the brotherhood of man implies something equivalent to the fatherhood of God; that is, faith in the brotherhood of man means faith that each man will attain his highest good, the largest measure of life, by methods which are promotive of the highest welfare of all; that humanity is therefore constituted by a power which is benevolent toward every member of it, whether that power be thought of as prior to and transcending humanity or as merely immanent in humanity. Faith in the brotherhood of man is therefore per se faith in a universe which, at least as far as men in their mutual relations are concerned, is built on the principle of mutual love and cooperation.

September 4, 1920

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