On Being Religious at Heart

“The institutions of religion merit critical indictment. They accept too easily the position of a vested business whose concern is the survival of the church or synagogue instead of the ideals of faith.”


On December 9, 1962 Rabbi Olan raised questions about the validity of religious institutions in general. Institutions rarely embody the ideals that they were created to preserve and proclaim. “Religion is only too often an opiate instead of a call from a living righteous God.” So shall we distance ourselves and just be “religious at heart” non-affiliators? Rabbi Olan has something to say about that strategy, too. Follow the links below to discover what he recommends.

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(Rabbi Olan quotes Charles Kingsley and the books of Amos, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.)