The Trick Is to Find Them

“However bad university professors may be in general, every great professor is a man or woman devoted to truth, and every university has at least one or two of them around.”

–John Gardner, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, 11.

2 Responses to The Trick Is to Find Them

  1. Eric Schumacher March 22, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    True. And it is surprising where you find the on them on the secular campus.

    The two profs that standout from my university experience as being devoted to the pursuit of truth were (ironically!): (1) an ethics prof who considered himself a connoisseur of porn and defended abortion at any stage and (2) a homosexual atheist who detested both Christianity and was devoted to destroying moral relativism. (Obviously neither actually loved capital-T Truth in reality.)

    Students couldn’t handle them well. The pressed for consistency in logic. Prof (1) loved and defended me for being against all abortion, since I was the only one who shared his consistency, if only from different foundations. With Prof (2), I wrote a paper arguing he couldn’t be a consistently moral atheist. He recommended me to give the student address at graduation (which the faculty gave to a mushy feel-good postmodern).

    Those were the profs I loved. They knew there was truth. They simply didn’t know where and how to find it. The rest denied the possibility of truth, and then crammed ‘truth’ down your throat.

    • jim March 22, 2011 at 11:53 am #


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