Signs of the Times

[From a Broadcast, "A Challenge to the Churches," given at Perth, Western Australia, by Professor Walter Murdoch, of the University of Western Australia]

What I want to make clear at the outset is that anyone listening to this conversation will be disappointed if he expects to hear from me a diatribe on the failure of the churches. . . . When a man tells me, as men often do, that the churches have been a failure, I feel inclined to answer, very mildly, "Well, what exactly have you done to make them a success?" . . .

I think I can best explain what I mean if I ask you to look for a moment at the position in a country where the church seems to have fallen on evil days—I mean in Russia. . . . The Russian Government is doing its utmost to convince everybody that religion is a sham, and to train the young to be convinced and fervent atheists.

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April 28, 1934

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