"General, natural religion,
properly speaking, requires no faith, for the persuasion that a great producing,
regulating and conducting Being conceals himself, as it were, behind nature, to make
himself comprehensible to us. Such a conviction forces itself upon every one. Nay, if we
for a moment let drop this thread, which conducts us through life, it may be immediately
and everywhere resumed."
(Goethe, 1882, 114)
the only, Eternal, Infinite, to whom all the splendid yet limited creatures owe their
"Nothing, therefore, remained to me but to
part from this society; and as for my love for the Holy Scriptures, as well as of the
founder of Christianity and its early professors, could not be taken from me."
"English, French, and Germans had attacked the Bible with more or less violence,
acuteness, audacity, and wantonness, and just as often had it been taken under the
protection of earnest, sound-thinking men of each nation. As for myself, I loved and
valued it; for almost to it alone did I owe my moral culture: and the events, the
doctrines, the symbols. the similes, had all impressed themselves deeply upon me and had
influenced me in one way or another. These unjust, scoffing, and perverting attacks,
therefore, disgusted me."
J. The Autobiography of Goethe Vol. 1. New York: John D. Williams, 1882.