There can be no reliable faith for the free

 unless there are faith-ful men and women who form the faith into beliefs, who test and criticize the beliefs, and who then transform and transmit the beliefs.
James Luther Adams, “A Faith for the Free,” The Prophethood of All Believers
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The “holy” thing in life

is the participation in those processes that give body and form to universal justice. Injustice brings judgment and suffering in its train. It is tolerated only at the peril of stability and meaning. James Luther Adams, “A Faith for the Free,” The Prophethood of All Believers

THREE TENETS OF A FAITH FOR THE FREE

  1. The first tenet of the free person’s faith is that our ultimate dependence for being and freedom is upon a creative power and upon processes not of our own making.
  2. The second tenet of the free person’s faith is that the commanding, sustaining, transforming reality finds its richest focus in meaningful human history, in free cooperative effort for the common good.
  3. The third tenet of the free person’s faith is that the achievement of freedom in community requires the power of organization and the organization of power.
    James Luther Adams, “A Faith for the Free,” The Prophethood of All Believers

A faith worth having is a faith worth discussing and testing.

 To believe that a fence of taboo should be built around some formulation is to believe that a person can become God (or his exclusive private secretary) and speak for .him. No authority, including the authority of individual conviction, is rightly exempt from discussion and criticism. The faith of the free, if it is to escape the tyranny of the arbitrary, must be available to all, testable by all (and not merely by an elite), valid for all. It is something that is intelligible and justifiable.
James Luther Adams, “A Faith for the Free,” The Prophethood of All Believers

Even the less credulous faith that acknowledges human fallibility

 also requires a faith in humanity. This faith may be a more modest one than that of orthodox belief in infallibility, but it holds that a more reliable object of faith can be found if people are free to learn from each other by mutual criticism, free to discard old error, free to discover new insight, free to judge, free to test.
James Luther Adams, “A Faith for the Free,” The Prophethood of All Believers