Overcoming Superstition

Mortals in general, it seems, are little aware of the measure of influence which superstition exercises over them, even controlling many of the events in their daily lives. Belief in some mysterious, occult power which makes for evil has a much stronger hold than is commonly recognized. And while the nature of this seeming power is unknown to them, that its influence is usually malign and harmful is generally accepted.

Superstition has played a large part in the religious beliefs of the world, for religion, dealing as it does with that which is beyond the grasp of the material senses, readily lends itself to mysticism, to belief in evil as power. A definition of superstition found in the Oxford Dictionary clearly sets this forth: "An irrational religious belief or practice; a tenet, scruple, or habit founded on fear or ignorance." Superstition, then, has no basis in reason: it is not founded on fact, but belief—on fear and ignorance. Looked at in the light of reason, how irrational and futile is superstition.

Moral and Spiritual Law
August 17, 1929

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