When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
What is now often said, that man need not know God, and may yet have the knowledge of this relation, is false. Since God is the First, He determines the relation, and therefore in order to know what is the truth of the relation, man must know God.
What experience and history teach is this – that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on the principles deduced from it.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
Our task does not require us to contemplate Nature as a Rational System in itself though in its own proper domain it proves itself such but simply in its relation to Spirit.