It is bad religion to deify doctrines and creeds. While indispensable to religious life, doctrines and creeds are only so as signposts. Love alone is the hitching post. Doctrines, let’s not forget, supported slavery and apartheid; some still support keeping women in their places and gays and lesbians in limbo. Moreover, doctrines can divide while compassion can only unite. In other words, religious folk, all our lives, have both to recover tradition and to recover from it.

William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (1924-2006) American minister, social activist
Credo, ch. 1 (2004)
Added on 5-Mar-08 | Last updated 5-Mar-08
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