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I, therefore, believe that Chrisin the contest with philosophy and with other retianity, ligions, should not ask for exceptional treatment, but should 32 ALBERT SCHWEITZER: AN ANTHOLOGY battle of ideas, relying solely on the inherent truth. [Christianity, p. 3] be in the thick of the power of its own Piety and Truth The deeper piety is, the humbler are its claims with regard knowledge of the suprasensible. It is like a path which winds between the hills instead of going over them. [Life, to P- 2 77] Truth Undismayed of truth that they, true of whether followers Peter, they be of the Roman or the Protestant observance, cry out and sink in the sea of ideas, It is the fate of the "little faiths" where the followers of secure and undismayed.
2] Historical Instinct There are some who are historians by the grace of God, who from their mother's womb have an instinctive feeling for the real. They follow through all the intricacy and confusion of reported fact the pathway of reality, like a stream which, despite the rocks that encumber its course and the windings of its valley, finds it way inevitably to the sea. No erudition can supply the place of this historical instinct, ALBERT SCHWEITZER: 12 AN ANTHOLOG> but erudition sometimes serves a useful purpose, inasmuch as it produces in its possessors the pleasing belief that they are historians, and thus secures their services for the cause of history.
25] Mistrust of Thought in addition to that neglect of thought there is also prevalent a mistrust of it. The organized political, social, and religious associations of our time are at work to induce Today 20 ALBERT SCHWEITZER: AN ANTHOLOGY man not to arrive at his convictions by his own thinking, but to make his own such convictions as they keep ready made for him. Any man who thinks for himself the individual and same time at the is spiritually free, is to them some- thing inconvenient and even uncanny.
Albert Schweitzer: An Anthology by Albert Schweitzer (author), Charles R. Joy (editor)