Signs of the Times

Topic: Right Education

[President E. A. Gilmore, in the University of Iowa News Bulletin, Iowa City]

I am much pleased to have this opportunity to welcome to our first Vesper service this large and serious audience of students, faculty, and townspeople. ... That so many of you freshmen and upper classmen have come to this service the first Sunday night of the new school year, indicates to me that you have some concern with religion, and that you mean to have it occupy a place in your university life. If this is so, you will be interested in knowing the attitude which the university takes with respect to religion and religious activities on the campus. In fact, you are entitled to know what is the university endeavors to show its belief that religion occupies a vital place in education. These services evidence our firm conviction that a deep abiding and livable religion is an essential part of the entire university program and necessary for the achievement of true education. ...

And why this concern about religion? Simply this: Life cannot go on without spiritual meaning. If it is to have aim, direction, and purpose, if it is to have essential and abiding meaning, it must have the inspiration and support of religion.

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February 29, 1936

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