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The place of religion

Religion looks more secure at Christmastime. This is the season when television makes room for stories of unselfish giving. Even cold hearts warm once again to the possibility of attending religious services, and doing a good deed seems the most natural thing in the world.

Christmastime has it right. The spirit of giving and the helping hand belong in society. James said it in his New Testament letter: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Who wouldn't value this kind of active faith? But how often the religious and charitable sentiments can slip away soon after the holidays!

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