There can be no surer sign of decrepitude and decay in faith than a prevalent nervousness about naming and commending reason, an unwillingness to allude to its existence except under wrappings of language which suggest that it is but a necessary evil. The fear of doing injury to the unstable by a bolder policy is perversely fallacious. The faith of ordinary people would be far more clear and sure if they had been freely instructed in the responsibilities of reason.
Fear of a truth without can only be cured by taking it within, or rather accepting it as already within.
Yet on another ground the wisdom of uplifting the banner of reason may be justly questioned, namely, on account of the incurable ambiguity of the term itself.
- Born on April 23rd, 1828 in Dublin, Ireland and died on November 30th, 1892
- Irish theologian and editor
- Published a translation of the New Testament