Religion: Knowing by Faith

The last president of Harvard to take part in an exercise of the Harvard Divinity School was crusty Unitarian Charles William Eliot, in 1909. For this week's convocation of the Divinity School, Harvard's brand-new president, Episcopalian Nathan M. Pusey (TIME, June 8), composed a speech that would surely have made the muttonchops of the father of the Five-Foot Shelf bristle with shocked surprise.

The subject of President Eliot's 1909 discourse was "The Religion of the Future." "The new religion," Eliot predicted, "will foster powerfully a virtue which is comparatively new in the world —the love of truth and the passion for seeking...

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