Signs of the Times

Topic: Civilization is Built on Christianity

[Thomas Mann, as quoted in the New York Herald-Tribune, New York]

Goethe once said to Eckermann, "The mind of man will never star above the sublimity of the moral discipline of Christianity as it shines radiantly in the Gospels." Today, a few revolutionary writers of popular literature, stimulated by half-knowledge, imagine that they have finished with it. A most untimely presumption, for, even though Christianity has at all times been too lofty and too pure a challenge to man's spirit to be realizable on earth otherwise than as a corrective to life, a standard and a spur to the conscience, as a moral discipline, it was never more necessary to any time than to ours. And there are no more repulsive examples of the confusion and barbarization of our world than those who claim to overthrow Christianity.

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September 25, 1937

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