Now I wish to talk about the devisers of systems, the makers of doctrines, the practitioners of religious novelties. Yes, I have known them, known them only too well, these gentlemen, these prophets of the future. I have myself, to my shame, dogmatized with them, I have used the same zeal and ardor in propagating their new gospels…
But then one day thanks to God’s mercy, I opened the Bible and on the first page of that revered book, I found more light, more peace than in all their ramblings put together. Some verses alone of that divine book scattered my doubts and caused an unexpected and indefectible light to fall on my eyes, sufficient to clarify my understanding.
Servant of God Hermann Cohen
Father Augustine-Mary of the Most Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D.
Human Reason Left to Its Own Devices (excerpt)
Tierney, T 2017, A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN
About the artwork: The Conversion of Saint Paul, Benvenuto Tisi, called “Il Garofalo” (Italian, 1481–1559), oil on panel, ca. 1525, Yale University Art Gallery.