Illegal and illicit activities occur. They don’t normally set very well with society and they certainly don’t promote happiness or health.
What is illegal and what is illicit? That is debatable. And, the definitions change over time and according to known laws.
Today, it’s generally accepted that it is illegal to steal because it breaks the law of the land, and the law of respect for one another.
These laws develop over time.
I’m reading an eye-opening book by John Barry, Roger Williams with The Creation of the American Soul. The book conveys how laws were developed to separate state and church.
Roger Williams was born at the turn of the 17th century, in England. He grew up to become involved with politics and religion, considered inseparable at the time.
Laws were written and enforced, such as, if you didn’t attend church, your ears could be cut off.
But, England’s 17-century, King James, believed he was above the law. He had the last word.
Williams felt the king was not above the law.
Roger Williams became a controversial figure because of his ideas on freedom of worship and civil freedom. Williams was so controversial that he fled to America to save his life.
This idea resonated with me as revisionist of Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy. I feel revisions are requisite, mainly because that is what Eddy said in Science and Health, on page 361. However, it occurred to me why Eddy could say revisions were requisite.
Science and Health is not above the law of progress.
This post was originally posted on http://www.beliefnet.com on my Everyday Spirituality blog