Pragmatism and the American Mind: Essays and Reviews in Philosophy and Intellectual History

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20. Advocacy and Objectivity in Religious Education1

I am very grateful to the editors of the Union Seminary Quarterly Review for kindly inviting me, at Professor John A. Hutchison's generous suggestion, to reply to his discussion of my collection of essays, Religion, Politics, and the Higher Learning, especially as Professor Hutchison seems so anxious to understand me, to help me dispel my "prejudice", and to inform me "in all good will" who my friends are. No author can fail to be moved by such solicitude on the part of a reviewer. Unfortunately, however, Hutchison's exposition of my point of view is not distinguished by any great effort to avoid the danger which is present in all polemically oriented exposition. Perhaps he would remind me here of his view that there is always a tension between the attitude of attachment and the attitude of detachment required by critical reason. In which case I must say that I am sorry that he could not have made a more strenuous effort to overcome that tension, a

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This is a reply to Professor John A. Hutchison's review of my Religion, Politics, and the Higher Learning ( Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1959). His review and my reply both appeared in the Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Volume XVI ( May 1961) -- the review on pp. 397-402; the reply on pp. 403-7. I reprint my reply without any changes.

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