The Causes of War: Economic, Industrial, Racial, Religious, Scientific, and Political

The Causes of War: Economic, Industrial, Racial, Religious, Scientific, and Political

The Causes of War: Economic, Industrial, Racial, Religious, Scientific, and Political

The Causes of War: Economic, Industrial, Racial, Religious, Scientific, and Political

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The Executive Committee of the World Conference for International Peace through Religion decided to organise the Conference along the lines of four international Commissions.

Commission No. 1.--"What are the causes of war and the tendencies that make for war?" Economic Racial Press and Propaganda Industrial Political

Commission No. 2.--"What are the spiritual forces with which these influences can be met?" Religious Cultural Philanthropic Scientific Educational

Commission No. 3.--"What is being done by the religions and religious associations throughout the world in the cause of international peace?"

Commission No. 4.--"How can we mobilise the spiritual forces of the world to do away with war and to ensure peace?"

Commissions 2, 3, and 4 of this scheme have to do with matters for which religious people may be supposed to have some natural equipment.

When it came, however, to the organisation of Commission 1--the basis for the discussion and decisions that should follow--it was felt that the reports to be prepared on economic, industrial, racial, and political causes of war should be entrusted not to the inexperienced members of our own organisation, but to experts in these several fields: men and women who have the requisite knowledge and who could present it with precision and authority. It was decided to endeavour to interest such persons in the organisation of the Commission along these lines, and it is only necessary to look at the list of distinguished men making up the membership of the Commission, to realise the gratifying response to this effort.

The Committee wishes to express its appreciation of the more than generous help and cooperation accorded us by these tremendously busy people, whom we invited to assist in this work. Beset by calls and commitments on all sides, they yet found time and energy to include this one more task in their already heavy programmes, because, many of them said, they felt that the religious forces of the world are so important in the education of public opinion, and because there has never been a survey of causes of war on such a scale as this Conference is undertaking. People like Sir Arthur Salter, Professor De Madariaga, Professor Siegfried, Dr. Bonn, and others of similar distinction, laid aside other work, or gave part of their holiday period to attend meetings and make their contributions to this Commission. The results are embodied in the reports which compose this book. The Committee believes that it will be generally agreed that they . . .

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