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Without freedom the soul dies

Whittaker Chambers
Whittaker Chambers

Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after a condition of freedom. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom. He is the only guarantor. External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom. Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom. — from Witness

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Whittaker Chambers (1901–1961) was an American writer and editor who, after renouncing International Communism and recanting his involvement in the party as an agent for Moscow, became an outspoken critic of Communism and delivered the evidence that helped convict communist spy Alger Hiss, a member of the U.S. State Department under Franklin Roosevelt, at his perjury and espionage trial in 1950. Chambers offers a full account of his conversion and Hiss’s spy trial in his bestselling 1952 autobiography Witness.

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Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after a condition of freedom. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom. He is the only guarantor. External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom. Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom. — from Witness

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Whittaker Chambers (1901–1961) was an American writer and editor who, after renouncing International Communism and recanting his involvement in the party as an agent for Moscow, became an outspoken critic of Communism and delivered the evidence that helped convict communist spy Alger Hiss, a member of the U.S. State Department under Franklin Roosevelt, at his perjury and espionage trial in 1950. Chambers offers a full account of his conversion and Hiss’s spy trial in his bestselling 1952 autobiography Witness.

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I disagree with this poet's interpretation of freedom. Freedom from religion is also required for free thought, where the soul evolves, metamorphosing.

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