World Knowledge is Humanistic in its Nature -- By: Charles H. Lerch
BSac 72:286 (April 1915) p. 262
World Knowledge is Humanistic in its Nature
I am aware that many-sided, broad-minded scholarship, such as the intellectual men of a generation or so ago possessed, is scouted now with suspicion. Versatility is syn-
BSac 72:286 (April 1915) p. 263
onymous with shallowness and superficiality. But their inclusiveness more than compensated for our exclusiveness. Their culture in the humanities furnished them with insight into the meaning of terms and the power of lucid interpretation which are denied many of the specially-trained minds of to-day. The Field of Knowledge is now, as it always has been, the world, and the right of eminent domain cannot be granted to any part of its possession to one who does not know that it exists. Only he “who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done.” If one makes an excursion into any region of Truth, he must become aware that the line of demarcation by which it is bounded from some adjacent truth cannot clearly be ascertained. All truths are but parts of one stupendous whole, and it would seem as if the whole were in each part.
One of the distressing aspects of present-day education is either the inability to recognize or the deliberate determination not to do so, that every particle of truth however near, or however remote, is an integral part of the whole fabric and cannot be eliminated. A correct understanding of matter implies a knowledge of that which is spirit. A psychology without a soul in it is only the darkness visible of physiological envisagement. The metaphysics of old-fashioned psych...
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