|As the aim of all
religions is to seek the perfection of God and to teach individuals and communities to
order their lives in the light of that knowledge, we should look upon all religions as
allies engaged in a common cause, namely, the moral and spiritual improvement of humanity.
But, at the same time, we should not make the mistake of supposing that we could
ever arrive at a sort of universal religion by putting together all that is good in every
Such an attempt would only
result in an eclectic, artificial religion with no life in it. We cannot have a living and
growing universal religion any more than a living and growing universal language. It is
only an individual historical religion or an individual historical language that, owing to
some advantages it possesses, can become widely popular, spread itself over many lands and
thus assume something of a universal character.