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"During the construction of Emerson Hall at Harvard University, president Charles Eliot invited psychologist and philosopher William James to suggest a suitable inscription for the stone lintel over the doors of the philosophy department. After some reflection, James sent Eliot a line from Greek philosopher Protagoras: ‘Man is the measure of all things.’ James never heard back from Eliot, so his curiosity was piqued when he spotted artisans working on a scaffold hidden by a canvas. One morning the scaffold and canvas were gone. The inscription? ‘What is man that thou are mindful of him?” Those two inscriptions represent the difference between a God-centered worldview and a human-centered worldview.

This illustration was taken from a sermon by Richard Tow entitled, "Greeting Fellow Believers" whose source was Fresh Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching edited by Edward Rockwell.

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