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Our Christian and denominational schools must never allow themselves to be outdone by any other institutions in their ardor for the fullest light and their courageous pressing onward toward the last fact that can be discovered. The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of freedom, and a school that is dedicated to him dishonors his very name and is false to its ostensible purpose if it hangs back cravenly when new leadings to truth are beckoning ahead.

The professors in our Christian colleges and seminaries should be men not only of the widest and deepest learning, but they should have the very mold and disposition of seekers for the truth, undeterred by any external pressure, unhindered by any obstinate prejudices form within. A temperament which is always asking with bated breath "what may happen," if certain inevitable conclusions are accepted without reserve, hardly belongs to a fit teacher in the twentieth century.

And the youths who throng to our schools have a right to know the full truth that has been ascertained and verified —not that which is simply subjectively surmised in the unfounded speculations of any rash theorizer — in every department of study. For this very thing have they come to the school.

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February 24, 1906

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