The University's general tendency to a negative attitude toward a religious dogma is criticized in a letter in this week's Alumni Bulletin by John R. Swanton '96.
The Harvard "religious tradition" has been "often interpreted as progressive disbelief ending in denial of all religious values," say Swanton. "The keynote of the great Massachusetts liberals of the last century was 'freedom of thought' rather than positiveness in thinking."
Hoping that complaisant humanists will not continue to ignore dogma, Swanton goes on to say: "the whole process of existence would be pointless without a cosmic viewpoint on the seen and unseen." He warns, however, that teachers who bring up these issues must be "careful in their presentation and careful of their own lives."