Quote For The Day

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“Religion … is not, as some would persuade us, an interest attached to life, a subsidiary activity; nor is it a power which governs life from the outside with a, no doubt divine, but certainly incomprehensible, sanction for its authority. It is simply life itself, life dominated by the belief that its value is in the present, not merely in the past or the future, that if we lose ourselves we lose all. ‘Very few men, properly speaking, live at present,’ writes Swift, ‘but are providing to live another time.’ Such seems to me an irreligious life, the life of the world. The man of the world is careless of nothing save himself and his life; but to the religious man, life is too short and uncertain to be hoarded, too valuable to be spent at the pleasure of others, or the past or of the future, too precious to be thrown away on something he is not convinced is his highest good. In this sense, then, we are all, at moments, religious…

A religious revival is sometimes preached and spoken of as if it could be quite independent of other conditions and without relation to anything save, perhaps, a stricter moral behaviour. But, since the religious life, in the view I have tried to represent it, is synonymous with life itself at its fullest, there can be no revival of religion which is not a revival of a more daring and more sensitive way of live. And such a life may as easily be stifled under a mountain of moral prejudice, as dissipated by moral experiment – perhaps more easily,” – Michael Oakeshott, “Religion and the World,” in Religion, Politics, and the Moral Life.