The Modern Church

The Modern Church

The Modern Church

The Modern Church

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The history of the last fifty years indicates the chaos that results when the world turns its back on Christian ideals. Scientific discovery and development have out-paced spiritual growth, and man is no longer able to control his own inventions. Our civilization is indeed at the cross-roads, as Dean Inge said, 'It remains to be seen if civilization is to be mended or must be ended: the times seem ripe for a new birth of religious and spiritual life which may remould society, as no less potent force would have the strength to do.' Recent events have shown that through the advance of nuclear science, the total destruction of the human race is within the realms of possibility, yet we know that the very forces of destruction could also be harnessed to make life fuller and happier for all mankind.

This is the challenge that faces the Christian Church today, for apart from the message of the church, the future, if there is to be a future, seems dark. Science, education and humanitarian ideals by themselves have all failed to provide a solution to world problems and have proved that they need to be inspired by a faith greater than themselves. The faith that is needed is that which is held by Christians of all denominations: that the fatherhood of God is the greatest reality in the world, and that through His Son men share the blessing of that fatherhood and live together as brothers.

Our twentieth-century material and scientific progress and discovery, new ways of thought, and new ways of living do not invalidate the ageless message of Christianity, but merely emphasize the need for new methods in presenting it to the world. There can be no doubt that the church has accepted the challenge of the age, and is developing a new approach to men and women in the new towns, in factories and in the open air. In the summer of 1954, Christians representing practically every communion from every country in the world met . . .

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