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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Genuine Religiousness"

We have said that religion is genuine only where it is existential, where man is not somehow driven to it, but commits himself to it by freely choosing to be religious.  Now we have seen that the existentiality of religiousness has to be matched by its spontaneity.  Genuine religiousness must unfold in its own time.  Never can anyone be forced to it.  So we may say, to genuine religiousness man cannot be driven by an instinct -- nor pushed by a psychiatrist. [77-78]

- Frankl, Viktor E. 2000. Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning. New York: Basic Books.

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