To qualify as a member of his club, each person was asked to stand up and lay his hand on his breast, and answer the following questions as indicated.
- Have you any particular disrespect to any present members? Answer. I have not.
- Do you sincerely declare that you love mankind in general; of what profession or religion soever? Answer. I do.
- Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of worship? Answer. No.
- Do you love truth's sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself and communicate it to others? Answer. Yes.
I plan at some point to re-write them in modern-day English. I may even change them or add to them a little. One candidate question, suggested by Andrew Gaines is:
Do you agree to have your ideas challenged without rancour?
I would go further and say:
Do you love to have your ideas challenged?
Andrew's response to this though was that "without rancour' would be a pretty good start!
I have started a thread on this topic in my Conversational Leadership Forum on LinkedIn - join the conversation and leave some suggestions there.