The motto "Ta panta en Christoi
synesteken" ("In Christ all things hold together" or "All things
cohere in Christ"), adopted in 1888, was adapted from Colossians 1:17.
One may suppose that the motto and book were intended to express the
concept, espoused in the Will of Senator McMaster, of "a Christian
school of learning".|
The motto is unusual in being in Greek; when not in English, university mottoes are usually in Latin, reflecting the origin of universities in mediaeval institutions in which Latin was more prominent than Greek. It has been said that "McMaster's founders evidently desired to go back to the Middle Ages to the earliest days of the Christian faith, and therefore used the Greek form".
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