[Christian Register.]

The new movement in the religious life of America has shifted the emphasis from the future world to the present world. Religion is realizing that its task is here and now. This movement for turning the impulses of religion to the service of humanity and human life is not confined to one denomination or to a group of denominations; it has affected all denominations. A minister, prominent in one of the large orthodox denominations, recently said, "I have no interest in a religion which concerns itself with getting men into heaven. That is not the task of religion or of the church. God will take care of that. The work of the church is in this world. The service of religion is to the life that now is. Not only is the best way of preparing for the future life to live the present life as we ought, it is the only way that we can prepare. It is time for the church to turn its attention from heaven to earth and to give itself to the questions of the conditions under which men live, and the spirit in which they meet those conditions." This man is not standing alone in this position. It expresses the change which is coming in the attitude of organized religion toward life. Religion is, as never before, preparing men for citizenship in this world. It is laying hold of the problems of human life, of the conditions under which men live and the relationships they bear between man and man and class and class.

[British Congregationalist.]

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