The Freedom of the Mind


This is a long quote and thus I will not say much about it, but I strongly love and appreciate this message. I feel that there is so much need for a contemplative and ponderous approach to the gospel. I strongly believe that we should not fear learning, and instead we should approach it with a fiery zeal.

Hugh B. Brown provides one of my favorite quotes about the importance of what he calls the freedom of the mind. He says “We should be in the forefront of learning in all fields, for revelation does not come only through the prophet of God nor only directly from heaven in visions or dreams. Revelation may come in the laboratory, out of the test tube, out of the thinking mind and the inquiring soul, out of search and research and prayer and inspiration.

One of the most important things in the world is freedom of the mind; from this all other freedoms spring. Such freedom is necessarily dangerous, for one cannot think right without running the risk of thinking wrong, but generally more thinking is the antidote for the evils that spring from wrong thinking. More thinking is required, and we should all exercise our God-given right to think and be unafraid to express our opinions, with proper respect for those to whom we talk and proper acknowledgment of our own shortcomings.

We must preserve freedom of the mind in the church and resist all efforts to suppress it. The church is not so much concerned with whether the thoughts of its members are orthodox or heterodox as it is that they shall have thoughts.”

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