The Test of Feeling

If you’re a free adult, you do not assent to doctrine because authority tells you to.  In terms of commanding blind obedience, I’m glad to say, we are now in the valuable position of being able to tell authority to sod off.  No: you begin to think you might be willing to go along with an idea because it seems to you to translate into a statement something that has passed into the test of feeling.

Francis Spufford

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