Sharon, Ontario, Canada. June 2001
Historical plaque at the temple:
Erected 1825-32, its architecture symbolizes the religious beliefs of its builder, David Willson, born in New York State 1778. Disowned by the Society of Friends (Quakers), he established hereabouts the Children of Peace (Davidites) in 1852, a small sect which retained some Quaker mysticism while placing great emphasis on ceremony, music and practical education. Most Davidites were strong political reformers and several joined Mackenzies force in the Rebellion of 1837. Following Willson's death 1866, the strength of the sect dminished and its last service was held here 1886.
Erected by the Ontario Archeological and Historic Sites board.
Churches in Ontario
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“A man is accepted into church for what he believes and turned out for what he knows.”
“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.”
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect, had intended for us to forgo their use.”
“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
Q: Do you believe in God?
A: Yes. His name is Clive Davis, and he’s the head of my record company.
Q: How important is your Judaism to you?
A: It isn’t. My humanism is.
Interview with Barry Manilow in The Independent, November 18, 1998.