Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Our distinguished professor, Harvey Cox, told us a story today about the inscription over Emerson Hall...initially, it was supposed to display the quote by Protagoras "Man is the measure of all things." President Elliott approved the architectural design, but crossed out the inscription, preferring "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?" (Psalm 8:4) I wonder why they didn't find a good quote from Self-Reliance?
(Harvey Cox, by the way, holds the oldest endowed professorship in the United States--the Hollis Chair of Divinity, established in 1721.)

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