Don’t read to believe. Read to think.
A book is to intelligence what a door is to a room: it is a segue, not a substitute. A text best serves its purpose not when its contents are mindlessly absorbed, but when it stimulates a spirit of inquiry and wonder in the reader.
Whereas the passive reader is delighted at the sight of an agreeable idea and disgusted by the presentation of an objectionable one, the active reader sees all encounters with the written word as invitations to a higher sphere of contemplation where ideas are not merely accepted or rejected, but where they are engaged with charity and creativity.
Every good book contains a goldmine. Without the imagination of the active reader, its treasures remain unseen.