Saturday, September 04, 2010

Miller: reasons for religious freedom

Saturday, September 4, 2010
    Commemoration of Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
    —2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
    The student of [Roger] Williams’ own writings will, I trust, perceive that, great as has been his symbolic role, he himself was thinking on a deeper plane than that which simply recognizes religious liberty as a way for men to live peaceably together. He was not a rationalist and a utilitarian who gave up the effort to maintain an orthodoxy because he had no real concern about religious truth, but was the most passionately religious of men. Hence he is an analyst, an explorer into the dark places, of the very nature of freedom. His decision to leave denominations free to worship as they chose came as a consequence of his insight that freedom is a condition of the spirit.
    ... Perry Miller, Roger Williams, Atheneum, 1970, p. 255 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the true source of freedom.
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