Excerpt from the book, “Road Less Travelled by Scott M. Peck“.

As the theologian Alan Jones has said:

One of our problems is that very few of us have developed any distinctive personal life. Everything about us seems, second hand, even our emotions. In many cases we have to rely on secondhand information to function. I accept the word of a physician, a farmer, a scientist, on trust. I do not like to do this. I have to because they possess vital knowledge of living of which I am ignorant. Secondhand information concerning the state of my kidneys, the effects of cholestrol and raising of chickens, I can live with.  But when it comes to questions of meaning, purpose and death, secondhand information will not do. I cannot survive on a secondhand faith of a secondhand God. There has to be a personal word, a unique confrontation, if I am to come alive.