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Democracy is a way of living with its roots in liberal religion. Its social implications, its political and economic applications, are the concrete and practical consequences of living religious principles. The beginning of democracy was the recognition of the worth of persons, of all persons whatever their social status. The roots of American democratic ideas are to be found in the religious doctrine of the worth of persons and confidence in the capacity of men for self-respect, self-direction, individual judgment and self-government.

The story of western democracy, with its provisions for representative government in place of old-world autocracies, of freedom of religion in place of old-world theocracies, cannot be told without recognition of the contributions made by the religious liberals.

Democracy in government and democracy in religion go hand in hand. If one suffers, the other suffers also. The same spirit of independence which threw off the yoke of political autocracy brought into being the free church movement, with its insistence upon freedom from the bondage of ecclesiasticism...freedom of all people ordered and preserved by law.

...a kind of politics that is founded in a faith that desires liberty on a broad scale.

...liberty is safeguarded by both written and unwritten constitutions.

The democratic way of life requires not the destruction of religion but the natural growth of both intelligence and sympathy of all citizens. This implies the continuous reconstruction of religious belief so that religion will celebrate at any given time the most that humans can know, not the least; and the best that people can feel, not the worst. Democracy requires of religion that the God whom citizens worship shall be at least as good as the citizens are themselves.

...it can only be preserved where it has risen into consciousness and been accepted into responsibility.
"Beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I'll meet you there." -- Rumi
"The Reformation Must Continue!" --- Friedrich Schleiermacher

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