methinks I should hear with indifference if a trustworthy messenger were to inform me that the sun drowned himself last night
I think that many would interpret this passage to mean narcissism or arrogance, but I think that Thoreau was getting at the idea that one should rely upon oneself--that no "god" or supernatural power should be given credit for the accomplishments that one is able to make. It goes hand in hand with the "God helps those who help themselves" idea without giving God all the credit in the end.
I'd have to disagree with you there. I think the emphasis here is on the "which man has created". I don't think he's talking about his own faith, I think he's delineating God of any person's faith from the God that "religion" creates (the old man with two geezers guarding the front gate, etc.).Man will always fall short of defining God, and I think that's Thoreau's point.
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