The church teaches the existence of the supernatural. It
believes in the divine sleight-of-hand — in the “presto” and “open
sesame” of the Infinite; in some invisible Being who produces
effects without causes and causes without effects; whose caprice
governs the world and who can be persuaded by prayer, softened by
ceremony, and who will, as a reward for faith, save men from the
natural consequences of their actions.
The church denies the eternal, inexorable sequence of events.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)