Signs of the Times

[Edmund B. Chaffee, as quoted in the Christian Advocate, New York]

Has the church a duty in the industrial crisis? Assuredly yes. It has a responsibility which it can neither deny nor evade. But it does not have the responsibility, as some would suggest, of laying down concrete economic programs. That is the task of the engineers, of our economists and other social scientists.

It is the task of the church to proclaim righteousness. It is its task to get the facts of the crisis before the people so that they may know what it is they face. It is its task to hold up the proper and worth-while goals so that always we may be driving toward them and testing our achievements by them. It is its task to find a better technique of social change than the barbaric methods of force and violence. It is its task to keep open that freedom of discussion which will enable us to solve our problems by reason rather than by physical might.

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March 30, 1935

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