It is hard to count the ways religion benefits society. Intangibles are what faith does best. Churches invigorate communities through local associations of support. Differences in religious worldviews enrich our common existence. Voices of moral conscience hold us to our highest ideals. And the dignity of our relationships toward one another is bolstered by human rights and religious freedom. Behind this lies the unique responsibility of the believer. People of faith contribute to society because of their obligation to God and conscience, not out of privilege, superiority or reward. The mettle of religious conviction is tested by how we respond to suffering.
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