The Uses of the Mind in Religion



Since you have distinguished yourselves as thinkers and scholars and, by your very presence at Brigham Young University bear witness of your commitment to religious faith, I thought it not inappropriate to talk with you this evening about the used of the mind in our relationship to the restored gospel.

Living in these latter days we are the recipients of many legacies from East and West, but the two which have been most influential in Western Culture are doubtless the faith and aesthetic emphasis of the Greeks. These traditions are not wholly distinct. There is considerable rationality in the Law and the Prophets and Jesus’ words even as there is notable ethical reflection in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, but there is a difference in emphasis.


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