Signs of the Times

[From the Tribune, Great Falls, Mont., March 2, 1924]

The thoughts that men think about God are indeed wonderfully changed in the last century, but the conviction of His existence is not changed. And the conception of His wisdom and power and goodness is increased rather than diminished. The blind fear of God, which was the conception of primitive man, who associated power with cruelty and punishment, has gradually grown less and less. But the conviction of His existence has grown stronger and stronger with the passing of fear and the coming of real free thinking, unrestrained by myths and baser conceptions of the creator of all—the Om of the Aryans, the All-in-all. Surely it is not a favorable age for the atheist; and his clan does not prosper. ... It is no longer considered an evidence of superior intellect to deny the existence of a creator, a first cause, a supreme intelligence, but rather an evidence of a shallow mind. The term "free thinker" does not rightly describe such a mind. It would be more descriptive to call them narrow or shallow thinkers, blind to a thousand facts in evidence of the falsity of their creed all around them. The old conception of the creator is going or gone, and succeeded by a new and loftier conception by the masses of the people. But God remains—the same to-day, yesterday, and to-morrow, however the conception of His creatures regarding His attributes may change with increasing knowledge and new light shed by history and philosophy; and even then we are coming to know better than ever that ... as the heavens are high above the earth so are His ways above our ways.

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May 31, 1924

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