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[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the weekend of April 19—21 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You" heard internationally over more than 800 stations. This is one of the weekly programs produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston 15, Massachusetts.]
RADIO PROGRAM No. 55 - The Meaning of Atonement
[This is the fourth of a special group of programs on the subject, "The Values We Cherish," in which some basic elements of the Christian religion are being discussed.]
This attack on long-accepted concepts of sin and morality is having tremendous impact on the Christian world. If morality is merely a matter of human opinion or custom and there are no universal moral values, then, so goes the argument, the idea of sin is obsolete. And if there is no sin then there is no meaning in the career of a Saviour who came to free us from sin. In this way, sadly enough, the whole structure of religious faith has been shattered for many people.
Host: Today in many parts of the world we hear of a crumbling of morality among adults and young people. A growing number of books, movies, plays, portray situations in which traditional views of right and wrong are frankly rejected. Religious leaders are being confronted with the fact that many people think the word "sin" is obsolete; that what's right or wrong is strictly relative; in other words, it's only a matter of opinion or custom determined by the kind of society you live in and it has no deeper basis. Often this view goes back to the belief that man is simply the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution and that there really isn't any God, any divine power or reality, that gives any basis for a moral code.
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