Defending the Faith: We owe a debt to God, our predecessors

William Ernest Henley's famous Victorian-era poem "Invictus" provided the title and the theme for Clint Eastwood's inspiring 2009 film about Nelson Mandela. It also provided the memorable claim, "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."

It's a stirring assertion, and, in a very real sense, true. A great proportion of what we are and do rests upon our own decisions.

But not everything, and perhaps not the most important things. Henley's claim is also false and misleading.

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