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There are, of course, in every calling, those who go about...

From the October 1906 issue of The Christian Science Journal


There are, of course, in every calling, those who go about the work of the day before them, doing it according to the rules of their craft, and asking no questions of the past, or of the future, or of the aim and end to which their special labor is contributing. These often consider and call themselves practical men. ... It was a plain, practical piece of carpentry for a Jewish artisan to fit two pieces of timber together according to the legal pattern in the time of Pontius Pilate; he asked no questions, perhaps, but we know what burden the cross bore on the morrow! And so, with subtler tools than trowels or axes, the statesman who works in policy without principle, the theologian who works in forms without a soul, the physician who, calling himself a practical man, refuses to recognize the larger laws which govern his changing practice, may all find that they have been building truth into the walls, and hanging humanity upon the cross.—

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