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All Rise by Robert Fuller

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9A CULTURE OF DIGNITY

THE PUBLIC… DEMANDS CERTAINTIES.

… BUT THERE ARE NO CERTAINTIES.

—H. L. MENCKEN, AMERICAN WRITER

KNOW YOU WHAT IT IS TO BE A CHILD?

… IT IS TO BELIEVE IN BELIEF.

—FRANCIS THOMPSON, BRITISH POET

THE INVESTIGATOR SHOULD HAVE A ROBUST FAITH—AND YET NOT BELIEVE.

—CLAUDE BERNARD, FRENCH PHYSIOLOGIST

WHEN WE HEAR the word fundamentalist today, we tend to think of Christians, Jews, Muslims, or others who are rigid in their faith. Images of zealous evangelists, self-righteous proselytizers, and fanatics leap to mind.

But I use the word more broadly to refer to any true believers and even to that part of ourselves that might be closed-minded about one thing or another. By generalizing in this way, we include those who dismiss ...

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