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The CUmic in Ainorinm Clltycs.
NOTKS. 1)0 u universal tenet, that there is sumo
I groat prime. Cause ol' all tilings. This
I, J is unthinkable, inconceivable, iinlinu.
Whenever anything is fully enmpro. , ted, absolute. Hut with this a a slnrli.ig
bended ll receives a name, 'lo onmpru
bend phenomena anil to establish their
names is the oflloc of science. Knowledge
can advance, thcu,onlv as we are enabled
point, iVmn this very fact that it is inuom.
prchenslblc, men Irivo theoiiy. !; their
ihcoiies hnvt passed into tra lilions: their
traditions have irrmvn into belli V. Tpun
to give definite bounds t names, fir a per hlie. hHiefr r.digious mods have b-en
foot know ledge cannot be said to be no , founded that h-;vo C'ntinuilly propound
quired until iis name fully establishes the' the error of the originil (booties
line separating it from all other object. V,
"Truth " is a name to which we can sitnnj All men are entitled to our lull rosp-ct
bounds separating it I'rom everything oNe. ., xn,y si,mv themso.vrs to lie unworthy
Our idea of it then is only symbolical, , . jo one can claim our reaped, ex.
hence Trutb. in itself, is entirely , (.,..t in the same th-gioo that he respects
known. .himself. This, mankind are ever willing
!' I lo mini. IIi'iicu cvi'i'v man stamp nprn
To ask "Why?" and "Wherefore r arc, ,,,,,,,, hs own value for which he goes
the first indications of mental advance-: (:unt.,i.
ment. lie who first asked these questions
opened the windows of reason upon bis
race. From that point the r.ice lias
grown and has continually been asking
the reasons for phcuoucma.. This state of
tilings has led to the conclusion that there
must have been u creation, which implied
a cause, which implies certain conditions
which are not understood, but for which
the human race is seeking.
Our personal knowledge increases only
as we increase the number and dellnitcncss
of our o inception. For the more pcifect
these conceptions are, the longer will they
be remembered, and also with po much
greater ease will they lie called up. The
irrcater this numbi'r, also, the larger will
be our field for selection. And since we
can comprehend anything, previously un
known, nnlv hvilic relations which exist
One method of acquiring the habit ot hl.Ivm11 it amj ,,, ,,,,, ,, k ,
thinking correctly, is to avoid all -eiwlcss
i ml useless conversation. For each word
we utter iiitlueucus so much the total
channel of our thoughts. So wo become,
so the larger our field for scting ivhi-
I tions, the more ready and apt aie we to
adopt the rmht conclusion ,.
thc vury statue, so to -peak, carved by ourl Th,. ciussles . In liuc-ritmn
own conversation. iv,acn ovuor useless con-' (cos.
ccption we form has a doubl" lorce, it de-'
grades and distorts our own minds, while i Do they not receive an undue shuns of
it keeps out some other conception which I intention to the neglect of oilier -todies of
may be ennobling and purifying. j ,um. m-aclioal importance? This is thu
question that we will here consider,
Herbun bpeucor says that there is some AVe tin not wish to be understood as fa
nucleus of truth in every belief. In all vorimr their abandonment, hut nmitm.il.
opposing ueneis men mis nucleus musi
be the same, because it is truth. Then in
ali religions we must cxpeut to find some
great central truth. If we trace backward
in each conflicting belief, :e find this to
ing for a more equitable airaiiueinent of
college studies. Let us see bow the case
stands. From the very first the classics
have occupied about the s-ime place, in
European colleges, as the Koran in "Ma
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