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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Victor Frankl on Faith and Praxis

franklIf you want people to have faith and belief in God, you cannot rely on preaching along the lines of a particular church but must, in the first place, portray your God believably -- and you must act credibly yourself.  In other words, you have to do the very opposite of what so often is done by the representatives of organized religion when they build up an image of God as someone who is primarily interested in being believed in and who rigorously insists that those who believe in him be affiliated with a particular church.  Small wonder that such representatives of religion behave as though they saw the main task of their own denomination as that of overriding other denominations.

- Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning (New York: Basic Books, 2000), 18.

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