“He deplored the absence of a state religion in America
I told him that the progress of religion in our country seemed to establish the fact that society attains the best religious culture through the greatest religious liberty.
He replied that the members should all be united under one head.
‘Yes,’ said I, ‘but the Head
is invisible’ ; and he repeated after me, ‘Indeed, the Head
I will here remark that nothing could have been more refreshing to the New England
mind than this immediate introduction to the theological opinions of the East
A few hours later his Grace returned the visit, seeking in his turn, it would appear, the refreshment of a new point of view.
“We resumed our conversation of the morning, and the celibacy of the clerical hierarchy came next in order in our discussion.
The father was in something of a strait between the Christian
dignification of marriage and its ascetic depreciation.
The arrival of other visitors forced us to part, with this interesting point still unsettled.”
Arrived in Athens
, the travellers found the “veteran” (as the Doctor
is called throughout her book) in full tide of work.
The apartment in the pleasant hotel swarmed with dark-eyed patriots, with Cretan refugees, with old men who had known “Xaos” in the brave days of old, with young men eager to see and greet the old Philhellene
Among the latter came Michael Anagnostopoulos
, who was to become his secretary, and later his son-in-law and his successor at the Perkins Institution for the Blind.
The ladies of