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Meditation 669
The Creed of Science

by: Robert G. Ingersoll

Editor's Note: At the risk of undermining (at least with some people) everything I wrote arguing that science is not a religion in the discussion to Talk Back 86, I reprint this classic item by Ingersoll courtesy of the Bank of Wisdom. If interest is shown, I will make available on this site an unreduced file suitable for printing as a poster.

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The Creed of Science

The Creed of Science

Superstition is not religion. Belief without evidence is not religion. Faith without facts is not religion. What is religion? To love justice, to long for the right, to love mercy, to pity the suffering, to assist the weak, to forget wrongs and remember benefits - to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, to love wife and child and friend, to make a happy home, to love the beautiful; in art, in nature, to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed, the noble deeds of all the world, to cultivate courage and cheerfulness, to make others happy, to fill life with the splendor of generous acts, the warmth of loving words, to discard error, to destroy prejudice, to receive new truths with gladness, to cultivate hope, to see the calm beyond the storm, the dawn beyond the night, to do the best that can be done and then to be resigned - this is the religion of reason, the creed of science. This satisfies the brain and heart.

R.G. Ingersoll


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