Christian Scientists are sometimes deemed narrow-minded because they are not more hospitable toward differing forms of religious and philosophical belief. So generally has a readiness to study in detail each new human doctrine or theory been accepted as the test of broad-mindedness, that one who holds aloof from such investigation is liable to be thought illiberal, or even fanatical. In order to understand the attitude of Christian Scientists in this respect it is necessary first to consider the requisites of right thinking.

Broadly speaking, truth-seekers are of two types, the thinker and the seer. The thinker may be a student of the profoundest order, a veritable encyclopedia of information and learning; he may be versed in the lore of civilizations ancient and modern; reflect the culture of the important epochs in intellectual, religious, ethical, and esthetic development; keep pace with the advancing thought of the age, and still lack the open vision through which the essential quality or spirit of Truth alone becomes appreciable to human consciousness. "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" queried the erudite Pharisees concerning the Galilean Prophet. Here we find contrasted the two types, the mere scholar, or thinker, and the seer.

December 10, 1910

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