Letters, May 19, 1947

The Goal of Human Endeavor


Reader Hewson's assertion [TIME, April 28] that your " 'Road to Religion' leads exactly nowhere" is a denial of Christianity itself, as well as every other great religion, and his contention that "ours is not to pray but to act" ignores the crucial fact that first we have to know how to act. That is the purpose of religious ethics, teaching and contemplation.

All true religions have taught that the life of contemplation, i.e., of the saints and mystics, is above the life of action as well as the...

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