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ODIN GREATER THAN JEHOVAH, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
ODIN GREATER THAN JEHOVAH
"CORSICA HAS CONQUERED GALILEE.” Professor Cramb, oi Queen’s College, London, delivered four kciuies in London in 1913, on Germany and England. The book was pubhehed an April oi tide year, and might have escaped attention it the war had not broken out as a uaeudfuj commentary and fulfilment o' die serous warning of this learned p; -u: of mod or n history. Professor C.-amu w w-deiy read in modern German i -..tare, ai.d lute travelled much in G-e. , and ne gave these lectures with uu put pose of stir-i ./ the mind of English p ap.e by revcal.ng the mind of Genn„n_., .a. puipoi-.e, its t -a. sion, its ideals. P;i,ie or thumb demonstrates that for a ration paat, since 1870, the idea of i-- ma..y as tne coming world-Power nas on ele-mily losterod and propagated. i D ta/ugiit in. tho schools aui unive e.ii.s, it is uve theme of essayists, the pao . vm of novel.sts, the burden of poets. V, ..a. Pimsia has done for Germany, Gt.ru-a.iy w.ll do for the world. It is to tins _nd i oat the German, nation has made tao.ilicos and preparations for war. We are tola that in 1913 Germany produced 700 books treating on war, while England d.d not produce 20. It is this vast intellectual activity, this concentration of tne people s mind on war, conquest, empire, which is the serious portent. As the war proceeds it is dear to the dullest mind how vast have. been the preparations of Germany. To hold Russia on the one hand, England and France on the other, and at the some time to despatch a force to take a city considered impregnable like Antwearp—this is a tremendous achievement. —The Indictment of England-. Professor Cramb urges that along with the preparations for war and tbs inculcation of Germany as tho woild-Power there goes a bitter animosity to England. England is the ultimate enemy; England must be destroyed. Professor Cramb is ins.stent, and he backs up his assertions witli references to standard books, which Englishmen are too careless to notice, how deep, steady, and passionate is the haired of England. England, it is urged, is the great robber-empire. She owns one-fifth of the eaith’s surface, and she has cot it by violence or fraud. Politically she is axrogant, moi-ally she is hypocritical, intellectually she *is dull, socially she is moribund. England is a sham empire, a delusion to be destroyed by the firm band of the virile, intellectual German iaoe. Tho only valuable possession of Etogland is the navy. But when Germany is ready this navy will be shattered. At the hour of trial India will rise, Australia will cut the painter, till the other colonies and dependencies will free themselves from the toils of a sham and delusive empire. Germany is an empire to which any countiy might be proud to belong. Germany is virile, intellectual, scientific. She has the right to empire, and will have it. Says the great historian Treitschke: “ Selb L is der niann,” which Bornhardi translates: “Weltmacht oder niedergang (“ World-empire or ruin —The Religion of Empire.— No great national movement has much hope of permanence or success until it has come to terms with religion, and has incorporated itself witli religion. Professor Cramb is specially illuminating on this question of the religion of Empire. English people ate as unwilling to believe as they are slow to realise how completely tho intellectual life of Germany as divorced from historic Christianity. The utterances of the Kaiser, somewhat caricatured in the expression “ Meinself und Gott.” are not at all blasphemous or ridiculous when viewed in tho light of German thought. For cue of the reason* why England must be destroyed is that England still clings to Christianity. We may find it hard to reconcile war with Christianity. The German has no such difficulty. Ho hdH a now I’cligion. We are told tn&t it is a humiliation for one country to take it* government from another; it is a creator humiliation for one nation to take it* religion from another. Germany ha* outgrown Galilee. Germany will not wear what Carlyle called ” Hebrew old clothes.” Germany will have a religion of her own —“ made in Germany a religion arising out of the Teutonic consciousness, a religion of virility. Instead of Christy Napoleon. This is* the new gospel: “Y'e have heard how in old times it was said ‘ Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’; but I say unto you 1 Blessed are the valiant, for they shall make the earth their throne.’ And ye have heard men say ‘ Blessed are the poor in spirit ’; but I say unto you ‘ Blessed are the great in soul and the free in spirit, for they shall enter Valhalla.’ And ye have heard men say ‘ Blessed are the peacemakers ’; but 1 say unto you ‘ Blessed are the warmakers, for they shall be called, if not the children of Jahve, the children of Odin, who is greater than Jahve. Professor Cramb. who believes in England’s mission, asserts that in intellectual Germany Corsica has conquered Galilee, and that this conflict between the Christ ideal and the Napoleon ideal for the mastery over the, minds of men is the most significant spiritual phenomenon of the 20th century. —Family or Empire.— For the time being all private issues are subordinated to this dread fact of war The effects are slowly penetrating every layer of society; everybody suffers, loss i . some wav, and on the poorer folk th«. come unemployment and the problems of hard times. We all need to be uplifted by high thoughts, end to rest our minds ou some deep faith. Ve must believe that our cause in this war is righteous, that ’t is fundamentally Christian. Professor Gwatkin, in his ‘Church History,’ says that with the biilh of Christ there came into the world a new conception of empire, the contention of mankind a family. Now. It is precisely this family conception of Empire nil.’h England holds, an empire based not on compulsion and force, but on livcdcrn and good-will. The British people have many faults, but in spite of all drawbacks we have preserved tbifl precious gift of freedom. We have spread it throughout the world ; it i* the necessary back ground of Christianity. “ Now pray we for our country.”
ODIN GREATER THAN JEHOVAH, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
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