Beliefs are not passively held; they are actively constructed. Even when people believe in God, he must be made real for them again and again. . . Faith is the process of creating an inner world and making it real through constant effort.
No great cause is ever lost or ever won. The battle must always be renewed and the creed restated, and the old formulas, once so potent a revelation, become only dim antiquarian echoes. But some things are universal, catholic, and undying—the souls of which such formulas are the broken gleams. These do not age or pass out of fashion, for they symbolize eternal things.