THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH

A UNIVERSITY student once asked a professor: "When I have lived and studied long enough, shall I find the answer to the philosophical questions that perplex me so? Is there a pattern of truth that I shall see when I am older?" The professor got up from his chair and stood silently gazing out of his office windows over the campus below before he turned to her and slowly replied, "I know of none."

The professor's answer confirmed this student's growing realization that the mere pursuit of academics led to no satisfying pattern of truth by which to live. Yet it seemed to her, as it seemed to many of her fellow students, that world conditions were forcing her to decide if either one of two opposing alternatives embodied truth: (1) the theology that teaches that unselfish service will be rewarded only in a future state of happiness which will make up for the evils of this world; (2) the doctrine that only a materialistic philosophy of some kind can bring peace and plenty to this world.

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