I’d rather not believe, but simply know,
Not what some doctrine claims, but what is so.
Why should I take on faith some proffered creed
Instead of following my reason’s lead,
Adhering to what makes the greatest sense:
Promoting good and causing least offense?
Not to belittle noble souls of yore
Who taught well what to love and what abhor,
Yet not to elevate them to divine
Estate of supernatural design,
Yielding to superstition’s false allure,
Which no one sensible could well endure.
What I believe is that belief alone
Sans rationality, should be outgrown.