God has made man with the instinctive love of justice in him,
which gradually gets developed in the world …. I do not pretend
to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye
reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete
the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience.
And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.
Theodore Parker (1853)
A strange mystery it is that Nature, omnipotent but blind, in the
revolutions of her … hurryings through the abysses of space, has
brought forth at last a child, subject still to her power, but gifted
with sight, with knowledge of good and evil, with the capacity of
judging all the works of his unthinking mother. [Gradually, as
morality grows bolder, the claim of the ideal world begins to be
felt, [giving rise to the claim] that, in some hidden manner, the
world of fact is really harmonious with the world of ideals. Thus
man creates God, all-powerful and all-good, the mystic unity of
what is and what should be.