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[The Christian Register]

The best peace society is a living church. The organizing of many special movements for bringing about universal peace is of doubtful utility. People whose sympathy is clear are disinclined to enter a union which would limit their freedom of action in certain emergencies, and which would commit them to untenable theories of peace. A real church goes to the root of the matter in promoting the growth of dispositions which, if made universal, will assure peace, without which no conceivable pacific engineering will produce peace. There is much confusion of mind about the subject.

No condemnation of war will amount to anything while the causes of war grow unhindered. No peace is conceivable that cannot be enforced against any who dispute it. What prospect for peace can there be, for instance, so long as men of influence keep on declaring that some questions between nations cannot be arbitrated? Until international courts are devised to which all questions would be submitted at the precise moment when arbitration is now declared impossible, behind which powers would be established capable of compelling obedience to their decisions, hopes of peace have the character of prophetic visions of lions and lambs experiencing a change of heart. [The Advance]

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