Faith is a quality of human living

Wilfred Cantwell Smith, the late scholar of comparative religions at Harvard, writes about faith and contrasts it with belief. He says:

“Faith is deeper, richer, more personal. It is engendered by a religious tradition in some cases and to some degree by its doctrines, but it is a quality of the person and not the system. It is an orientation of the personality to oneself, to one’s neighbor, to the universe; a total response, a way of seeing whatever one sees and of handling whatever one handles; a capacity to live at more than a mundane level; to see, to feel, to act in terms of a transcendent dimension… Faith, then, is a quality of human living.”

Resonated within me.

Borrowed from On Beings blog.


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