I am not a conventionally religious man. I do have a spiritual belief, but cannot really say what. I hate it when churchmen indicate that theirs is the only true way, and to hear Protestants talk of Papists, and Moslems refer to Infidels saddens me. It seems that all religious denominations have good intentions, to provide for the spiritual needs of their believers, but men interpret these religions to suit their own ends, usually to give themselves power over others. When I have made a good chair, the mystery deepens, for I am not that clever, and I feel I ought to thank someone for it!
My uncertainty reminds me of a story. An old Irish farmer is lying on his deathbed. A priest is with him, holding up a cross and urgently asking him: “Do you renounce the Devil and all his works?” The poor old man does not answer. The priest asks again, louder “Do you renounce the devil and all his works?” The priest has his ear near the old man’s lips, and eventually hears him whisper: “Father, this is no time to be making enemies.”
— John Brown, Issue 95 of Good Woodworking magazine