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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD.

I POINTS FROM ENGLISH WARJ SERMONS. ! These times of stress proved what was a people's character. It was undoubtedly true that for those who let animal passions rage unchecked warfare afforded the widest opportunity for orgies of evil and wrong, but it was equally true that out of and through such hours had come the occasions of noblest Christian service, the occasions and the power to use them. It was not in quiet and peaceful times that Christian heroes like Henry Lawrence,Havelock, or Gordon bore an undying witness which would live whilst England stood.—Archbishop of Canterbury, in Canterbury Cathedral. The Lord our God be with us in this war to see it calmly through, cost what it will; be with us at its close to mete out generous justice to our brave adversaries, without spite or revenge, rind to establish the principles of international good faith and loyalty, to compact for which we are being ioreed to tight; he with us at home to defend the cause of the needy in our midst, and to purge our family life and our civic iife from folly and greed and corruption.—The Dean of Wells, at Cambridge.

its (the war) very vastness. however, ! contained promise of'the future unfolding lof its sin. The world would see war in [the future in a glaring and burning light. | Tin.' conscience of humanity would be ! pieivrd as never before, and the moral sense o! mankind would assuredly avenge I itself on the immoralities of military ambi- ' tion.- Kishop of Carlisle iDr Dif/gle). \ When victory was achieved, were they ! going to start again that mad race ut \ armament.;, and spend minions on imple i mentis to kill people when they had nil j those social problems before them? The I homhlencss of this war made them realise j how little the Church had done compared I with what she ought to have done. But tin's was not the time for the Church to I slacken her efforts; if ever there was a j time for the Church to go forward it was . now. -T'.ishop of Chelmsford, i 'The nation is solemnised, but fam not I sure if is yet adequately solemnised. There ! aie liieii of high rank and stition who are j hafteuie.g to 'offer their lives to their j I country in the hour oi perii. but there are j other men—in London, perhaps elsewhere —wiio are living to-day the same poor. I futile club life as they were living before i the war broke out. —Bishop Welldon, in I .Manchester. j Of late a wave of sensationalism, of superficialism, seems to have passed over us. There has been too great a craze lor amusement und self-indulgence. The claims of God. of religion, of Sunday have been neglected. Far too large a place in the nation's thought and time, as well as in the pages of the Press, has been taken up by sport .and racing, dancing and prizefights ; and the old "sins of drunkenness and gambling and impurity have not relaxed their grip upon us. Now God has brought us tace to face with the realities of life and death and eternity. He is calling us to seriousness, simplicity. «elfdevouou. . . . Wc tight for the brother/mod of the nations; wc tight for a larger, richer, freer, happier life for the peoples of Europe, and the world.—Canon Alexander, in St. Paul's Cathedral. The Churches cannot but rejoire that the teaching of Christ has so laid hold of the country that for the first time in history we have heard the cry sounded from those outside the Church: "It is selfish to hoard; we must shaie and share alike.'' We are prepared to take our share in-the privations which, if the war is at all prolonged, ate certain to come. '" What do ye more than others'.'' asked Jesus. "As a Christian. I would do more, not less."— . The Rev. Luke Wiseman (Wesleyan). We are sorely pressed, though not with- . out a refuge. Each morning makes the , world a little stranger to us as we look into the papers, but we know that the God of the past is with us. We reaffirm our faith in Him. Though the position is .. strange, our faith is not strange. Even this war may be one of the means by.' which God is rci.or.eilim,' the world to'-. Himself.—The Rev. Dr I'iitford 'Baptist). ,•»' The heinonsness of the situation was. ',\ accentuated by the Kaiser's use-of-the .y name of the Deity. And his claim in the .; breaking of treaties that God was on his side ought to shock the moral sense of "; mankind. Whatever the result of the {. war, several questions would lie settled—;,! questions concerning the sacredness o£j| humanity, the sanctions of authority, the|? sources of civilisation, the secrets of pearojjji we were going to learn that there were naja inferior rac.es, that God loved the Slav asKI g surely as He loved the Teuton.—The Rev-.| I Dr Campbell Morgan (Congregational). "' .|I

WAR AND THE DUTY OF THE I CLERGY. * The duty oi the clergy at this crisis ifi perfectly clear {writes the London ' Guardian '). " They must keep their churches open—thousands of them, we regret to say, are still shut, 6ave at service-time; they must provide abundant opportunities for congregational intercession ; they must preach a lofty, burning, inflexible, sterling patriotism. This is no tune for discourses upon points of abstract doctrine, and we may take it as an axiom that any sermon at "this juncture which fails to deal with the living issues that fill the mind of the hearer to the exclusion of all other topics is a bad sermon. Those preachers who have constantly deplored the divorce of religion from daily life have now an unexampled opportunity of showing the essential correlation of the two tilings. They can point out that the emergency which faces us can be met only by those harder qualities that are rooted in religion as firmly as the softer ones of which we hear so much in ordinary times. , . . These things require to be said, and to be insisted upon from the pulpit in a manly way, with the consciousness tMft if we do our part- the sword of the Lord will not fail us. There is plenty of room for trustful humility even on'the battlefield, and it will bo our own fault if the God of our fathers withholds His countenance fror* His children in their hour of need. We are fighting not for aggrandisement, but for existence; not for dominion, but for justice; not for our own interests only, but for the freedom of white and black, brown and yellow, wherever the sun shines-:. If preachers fail to enforce these truths, if they fail to exhort their hearers to subordinate everything lo making them prevail, they will ba untrue to the very essence of the Gospel of Christ." GLEANINGS. The Scripture Gift Mission in England have already sent 150,000 Gospels to the British troops and a large number to the French and Belgian troops. Lord Roberts has written a preface, which reads as follows:—" I ask you to put your trust in 1 God, who will watch over you and strengthen you. You will find in this little book guidance in health, comfort when you are in sickness, and strength when you are in adversity.—Roberts F.M."

The Rev. John Still, who was associated with Bishop Selwyn in missionary work in New Guinea and Norfolk Island, and who later was Vicar of St. Paul's, Wellington, has just died in England, aged 69.. Mr Still had a stirring career. He stroked his oar at Cambridge with Selwyn, and after the massacre of Bishop Pattison in 1872 in the Pacific Islands, he and Selwyn both volunteered for the work. They were together for six years, and then. Mr Still had to leave Norfolk Island, owing to his wife's ill-health, and was appointed to Wellington, in 1885. He left New Zealand in 1891, on the death of Mrs Still, and returned to England. " One curious effect of the war, ' writes the Rev. S. C. Chadwick in the Melbourne ' Spectator,' " has been a quickened interest in the Old Testament Every day I have found myself reading with keen interest its matchless battle stories, studying afresh the principles at stake and the issues that emerged in the history of the world. I do not wonder that Cromwell's Ironsides fed their faith and their passion on its promises. It is a real soldier's book. I have revelled in its great battle-songs, and gloried in the surprises of resourcefulness and power. The song of Deborah gets a new lilt and vehemence, as we read with the North Sea and Liege in our minds. I never had any sympathy with the wooden-headed-ness that saw moral difficulties in the fierce zeal of Israel that slaughtered with- , a divine sense of vocation. Men of blood and fire find no difficulty in th«t

precautions of moral indignation. I have [ felt all that prophets hurled in fiery speech, and more. Neither do I think that the fuller revelation of tho N«w Testament slacks the fires of moral passion. The woes of Christ are more terrible than the most vehement of the prophets, and St. John was not less intolerant than Amos or Jeremiah. The Old Testament is a live book, and it is only in days of ease that we ignore its messages and doubt its divinity." —A Contrast.— The Kaiser. Abraham Lincoln. The Emperor Wil- Abraham Lincoln, liam, at the seat during the darkest of war, Augnst, hours of the Civil 1914 : War, in response to "With God's the question whether gracious assistance, he was sure that Duke Albrecht and God was on " our his army have side":— gained a glorious "I do not know; victory." I have not thought about that. But 1 *■{:-.■;. am very anxious to know whether we .: j. ; v are on God's side."

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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD., Issue 15626, 17 October 1914

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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD. Issue 15626, 17 October 1914

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