"What think ye of Christ?"

For long centuries mortals have been asking their fellowmen what they thought concerning Christ, whether they accepted the dogmas of some particular church or denied them. As we read in the twenty-second chapter of Matthew, it was Jesus himself who asked of the Pharisees the question, "What think ye of Christ?" Students of Christian Science are often asked this same question. Within the last generation all orthodox churches held and taught that Christ was one of the persons constituting the divine trinity. Even before the advent of Christian Science, however, this was questioned by many sincere and devout thinkers who withdrew from the churches holding trinitarian doctrines; and in time these people were established and identified as Unitarians.

Here it should be said that while this departure from long-held doctrines may have meant losses in membership to the so-called orthodox churches, it cannot be justly claimed that Christianity was thereby losing its influence in the world, but rather that men were seeking freedom to reach ultimate Truth, which can always be proved to the extent that it is clearly understood. At the very time when many were questioning the doctrines which had long been held, Whittier wrote in the midst of what he calls "the maddening maze of things? the beautiful poem called "Our Master," in which we find these lines:

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