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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD., Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD.
SIR OLIVER LODGE AND THE UNSEEN WORLD. Speaking at the Browning Hail, London, on November 22, Sir Oliver Lodge mad a a striking declaration of his spiritual faith. He expressed his absolute conviction iu future existence, and asserted that ho had converged with friends who had paused away. Sir Oliver said that once you realised that consciousness was eoniething outside the. mechanism it made use of you realised that survival of existence was naturally the simplest thing. It was umeasonablo that the soul should jump out of existence when the body was destroyed. Wo our l selves were not limited to the few years that we lived on this earth. We should go on without it. We should certainly continue to exist ; ire should certainly survive.
“Why do .1 say that? T say it on definite scientific grounds. 1 say it because 1 know that certain friends of mine still exist, because 1 have talked to them. Communication is possible. One must obey the laws, find out the conditions. I do not- say it is easy, but I say it is possible, and 1 have conversed with them ns I could converse with anyone in this audience now. Being scientific men, they have given proof that it is real, not impersonation, not something emanating from myself. They have given definite proofs. -Some of them an; being published, many are being withheld for a time, but will be published later. I tell you it. is so with all the. strength of conviction [ can muster —that it is so, that we do persist, that people still take an interest in things going on, that they still help us and know more about things than wo do, and that they ara able from time to time to conimnuicato with us. “I know that this is a tremendous statement and a tremendous conclusion. I do not think many of us realise how great a conclusion it is. You know that not I only, but many scientific men, think the same, and many men who are not scientific. If a ’person gives 50 or 40 years of his life no this investigation ho ‘is entitled to state tho result which ho Inns arrived at. Y'ou must have evidence, of course. It is recorded in volumes of a scientific society such as wo have got, and there will ho muck more. That evidence is not for rsusval conversation, but serious -study, although some of tho conclusions arrived at may be stated. Timber Intelligences Everywhere.— “ I know that man is surrounded by other intelligences. If you once, step bo von d man there is no limit until you coin© to the Infinite Intelligence. Himself, Once having gone beyond man you go on and must go on until you corao to God. But it it; no strange land to winch I am leading you. Tho cosmos is one. Wo here on this planet are limited in certain ways, and blind to much that is going on; but I tell you we are surrounded by beings working with us, cooperating, helping such, as people in visions have, had some perception of, and that which religion tolls ns saints and angeis are, and that the Master Himself is helping us is, I believe, literally truo.” Iu an earlier part of his address Kir Oliver Lodge asked why we were fighting t’li-s, the holiest war that wo were ever engaged in. It was because tiro powers of evil were loose, of spiritual wickedness in high places, and in fighting them we were agents of good. What was the doctrine opposed to us? That there was nothing higher than tho Mate, that the State was the summit of everything, and that the State was entitled to do whatever it pleased if it conduced to this end. That was practical atheism. That was what we were at war with. If tho world ever came to live under such domination ns that life would not bo worth living. Iu literal truth, it would be far better to die than to live under such domination as that. Our splendid troops could not have done tho things they had done with such a belief forced upon them. We wore sometimes told of the importance of Tight thinking and the damnation of fakothinking. There was great truth in that. A right belief gave you strength, _ determination, and energy, and such vigor that vou were irresistible and could not be overcome. Tho other belie f must succumb. The powers of good were stronger than the powers of evil. ■\N ARCHBISHOP CHARGED WITH PRO-GERMANISM. The Archbishop of York, addressing a recent meeting of the York Arclucdogical Society, replied in his critics, who had taken' him to task for preaching more toleration for the Germans. Dr Lang said that he had received a flood of letters and post cards indulging in every variety of dismay, indignation, and abuse. It had been assumed that he wished to defend the Kaiser and the Gorman nation. On tho contrary, he had desired to urge the necessity of determining not to lay down tho sword until the spirit of German militarism, with which unhappily both tho Kaiser and the German nation are now identified, has been finally crushed. His speech had been perverted by tho importance given to certain isolated sentences. .Ha had said he deplored the vulgar abuse.that had been heaped upon the Kaiser personally. “As I spoke,” His Graco added, “I was moved on tho moment to express my own feeling, right or wrong, that it was with great reluctance that tho Gorman Emperor realised that his conduct of tho negotiations daring the fateful 14 days had involved war with. England, and 1 raid that throughout ho seemed to have been influenced by tho voice of the military which advised him, insisting that tho hour of destiny for his nation had come, and that he must not fail. And then I went on to point out how it had 00-nio to pass that tho great German nation, in spite of its many great qualities, had coin-e to bo infected by the evil spirit of the bureaucracy of Prussia. Need I say that, of course, the German Emperor must bo held responsible for the decision of his Government, and that the German nation cannot vseapa the responsibility of identifying itself with (he principles which inspired that decision—principles which, I beheyo, and stated last Sunday, to bo fatal principles to the progress and freedom of Europe? A TRENCH OFFICER’S LETTER. In a copy of a letter written by Lieu-tenant-cornet Auquior, of the Eroudi R.:-f-'rve, u> his people at homo, ho mentions that he has been promoted to tho rank of captain. "I cannot, enjoy this good news as I should iri time cl' peace. Circumstances are too sad, and to be promoted captain always mentis that dear comrades have fallen on the field of honor. Bud all tho frame 1 run happy, quietly happy, although it is a, kind of melancholic and tad happiness, but with the quietness of a man who decs hie very best and leaves everything die to his Gad. ■ I here arc hours, when I am sad and anxious, not for mys-iTf at ail, but be-i-an.-e of you, ami when 1 wish I was alone, with no family. I could then quietly faeo death, ;u Ido not care for myseit personally. Bub 1 quickly gain fm-ii courage. I constantly think of the. tew words Marguerite [his sister] put luudil y on a piece of paper when she saw me oil' for the front: ‘ Nothing will happen to you without God’s will.’ Therefore it is all right, as it is His will which is being done. X leave everything to Him. It. is so difficult to pray on the battlefield or at- the front, anywhere. AVo, are so busy, so often disturbed. I often erarted my prayer, and then, being so awfully tired, went to sleep. 1 remembered it when 1 awoke in tho middle of (lie night, and resumed my prayer, to ;o to sleep again. But Gcd will understand this-. And it seems t® mo that prayer must be something c«r ; .<tant. SIo kn«wc— He who knows everythin'—that if I am not alway a able t* e.iy ray prayers aland, nevertheless I pray in my heart all day long. He knows all ray wishes, all my desires, t-hc be-t. tho -strongest, amt He knows. He must know, that although they do not take a human expression they go from ray heart to Him every instant, ami that it is only ta-ii;.-.' I believe in Him and iu 'Jhrkt that I dare hope and Oyiak.”-
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD., Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
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