It would be nursing a great illusion,
if the man of our times were to think
that, having attained a fuller understanding
and of the world,
he had no further need of religion.
There has been a multiplication of systems
in which the existence of religion
has been interpreted as a psychological phenomenon
associated with the childhood of mankind.
At its maximum
when civilization is beginning
it should gradually fade away
giving place to more positive constructions,
from which God
(particularly a personal and transcendent God)
would be excluded.
for those who can see,
the great conflict from which we will have escaped
will only consolidate in the world
the necessity of faith.
Having reached a higher degree of self-mastery,
the Spirit of Earth will experience
an increasingly vital need to adore;
out of universal evolution God emerges in our consciousness
as greater and more necessary than ever.
The only possibly Motive Power of a life
which has reached the stage of Reflection
is an Absolute, or in other words a Divine, Term.
Religion has sometimes been understood
as a mere antidote to our evils, an “opiate.”
Its true purpose is to sustain and spur on the progress of life.
It is the profound need of an Absolute,
sought from the start
through every progressive form of religion.
Once this starting point is realized,
it becomes evident that the “religious function”
born of hominization and linked thereto
is bound to grow continuously with man himself.
The more man is man, the more he will feed the need
to devote himself to something which is greater than he is.
It is not that which we can ascertain around us?
At what moment in the Noosphere
has there been a more urgent need
to find a faith, a hope
to give meaning and soul
to the immense organism we are building?