In regard to the sacred tradition of humanity,
I have learned that it consists,
not in propositions or statements which are to be accepted and believed
on the authority of some religious hierarchy,
but in questions rightly asked,
and in conceptions which enable us to ask further questions.
The value of all these things
depends on their being questioned,
and even doubted,
day by day.
The very sacredness of a precious faith
imposes upon us the duty and responsibility
of doubting it, of questioning it, of testing it, of purifying
and enlarging it to the utmost of our power.
Those who makes use of dogma and doctrine
to stifle doubts,
or to hamper the inquiry of others,
are guilty of sacrilege
which centuries shall never be able to blot out.