Monday, January 9, 2012

Knowledge, Belief, and Faith

"Two words, 'We believe,' introduce each, save one, of the Articles of Faith. These are words which in all ages have made human history. As men have believed they have lived, labored, and died. When men's beliefs have conformed to truth, peace and prosperity have entered the world; when false, darkness, hate and chaos have ruled. 'As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he;' but as a man believeth, so does he. The potency of life lies in our beliefs."

"Knowledge, properly tested, becomes belief. Belief, put to the test of prayer and human use, in turn becomes faith, which is the higher, perfected knowledge."

 -John A. Widtsoe, "We Believe," Improvement Era, April 1935, in Alan K. Parrish, John A. Widtsoe: A Biography, 568-69.

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