Signs of the Times

[P. Gavan Duffy, in The Century Magazine]

Signs of the times ... all point to the advent of the day when the potentialities of the glorious past are to be seen once more working out the world's salvation. We shall hasten that day when we have courage to look facts in the face and meet the question of the need, the crying need, for spiritual honesty, as we insist that the place of corporate religion is not that of just a moral policeman, or a watchman spying from high places on the faults of men merely to condemn them; as we recognize that, small as they may seem in themselves, the things that make for even an unconscious Pharisaism (has it ever been anything else than unconscious, and consequently blind to its greatest danger?) are indeed the most pronounced symptoms of deadly and destructive spiritual disease. Rarely has the church had such a day of opportunity as this, and it will go ill with her if she misses it. To reconstruct the world and leave corporate religion as it is, is to leave the germs of disease lingering and hidden. Now, when statesmen are looking to a future that will be free from war, and when international differences will be adjusted by international courts and agreements, must organized Christianity awaken to the fact that she, in the rediscovery of her true powers and lost spiritual secrets of achieving, alone can supply the spirit that can make agreement real and international treaties more than mere scraps of paper. [Charles F. Mirick in Detroit (Mich.) News]

January 4, 1919

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