Religion: Question of Conscience

What shall a pious citizen believe? Shall he obey his God or his State when both claim allegiance? To most plain men an academic matter, this question has become increasingly engrossing to certain thoughtful U. S. religionists. Last week a large section of them, and their journals, were marshalled stoutly behind the assertion that:

"... the essence of religion is belief in a relation to God involving duties superior to those arising from any human relation. . . . One cannot speak of religious liberty, with proper appreciation of its essential and historic significance,...

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