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The Church’s Witness

This is being called forth in these times of crisis. Whenever there is a rise in a powerful world state which threatens men’s lives, then also there arises the threat to their faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ. That is the teaching of the Word and of history. It was clearly taught […]

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Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct Among the youth. There is disorderly conduct among all members and classes of our society. There is public unashamed indecency and crime. But this time we are concerned about the conduct of youth. There is especially the problem of the youth in our L. A. area. It is discerned in public in many […]

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Dear Fellow Soldiers

Dear fellow soldiers: This is in the nature of an open letter to you servicemen. Having been requested to write upon a subject of interest to the service men I choose this means to chat with you about current events, which I hope will be of interest to you. My first event is our recent […]

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Persecution of the Jews

Again this was news in our papers. Although it was reported last month in our newspapers, I thought it of such significance that we can devote space to it in our Current Comments. This time anti-semitic propaganda and persecution broke out in Russia. That there was persecution and mass-murders in Russia is not a new […]

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UNESCO

These letters stand for the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and is an organization of the United Nations. Since its inception in 1946 the UN has added to itself an impressive list of organizations. I have before me a list of eleven specialized agencies which were set up upon the basis of their […]

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The New Year and the Political Scene

This year 1953 brings in the new administration. What it brings with it in the political field is hard to say. Without any question there will be some changes of policy, and with respect to the international scene it may cause a better relation and understanding with our allies and a worse relation with Russia […]

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A New Version

A New Version Since the publication of the new “Revised Standard Version”, I had intended to make a few comments in Beacon Lights about it. This is an interesting subject and warrants a more lengthy consideration than can be given in these few lines. The version is authorized by the National Council of the Churches […]

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The Christian Suppliant

Last time in the October Current Comments your attention was called to the Christian voter. The important thing in October for the American public was the campaign for presidency, and the choice to be made in November with the ballot. At least that was the important thing before the public mind. It also is such […]

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The Christian’s Vote

During these months of electioneering, this fervent spirit to show the voters that a certain individual and party is the only one to vote for and expect better times, the Christian cannot help but ask himself about his calling to vote in the coming election in November. There are points of interest in politics that […]

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Martin Niemoller

Since the days of Hitler the name of Martin Niemoeller has drawn the interest of Christians. His latest trip to Moscow has evoked much criticism. It was with these things in mind that several of us took an interest to hear him when he spoke in, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. His, speech […]

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Current Comments

A Big Day in the Life of Young Israel The day that this heading of an editorial referred to was March 9, and the importance of that day was in the fact that thousands of trained volunteers entered into the Jewish homes of United States to sell bond: for Israel. In 1951 the Jewish people […]

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Current Comments

The news of this day in which I am writing these lines is that Prime Minister Churchill is in Washington visiting President Truman and having rather important conferences with him. This is also a good point from which to see the events as they are shaping. The important issue to be discussed is England’s participation […]

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Current Comments

Wm. O. Douglas has written an in­teresting and worthwhile book, entitled “Strange Lands and Friendly People.” This is a description of his travel through the Middle East and Asia, thru such lands as Persia, Iraq, Syria, Pales­tine, and India. He travelled the roads that were not usually travelled by tourists and was able to meet […]

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The Dove’s Progress

Such was the light-hearted heading of an article in Time about the latest peace moves. It has always been the familiar expression to refer to peace under the symbolism of the dove, When, how­ever, it appears over this article it seems to me that there is a bit of cynicism in it. One paragraph was […]

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Nehru

Nehru The position of this leader of India is described as on the fence. That posi­tion is a dangerous spot. If he moves toward the West, he is in danger of the Communism, and so too if he moves to­ward the Russian block, aid from the capitalist countries will be cut off. So far Nehru […]

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Ethics

A senator made an important state­ment which I wish to quote: “Much of the evil of the world is beyond the reach of the law. . . As our study of the RPC progressed we were confronted more and more with problems of ethical con­duct. . . How do we deal with those who, under […]

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Crucial Wars

Crucial Wars: In the history of the world there have been several crucial wars that have de­cidedly turned the direction of the world’s history in the path that it took. We may point to three main wars. The Persian wars, the wars between Greece and Persia; the Punic wars, the wars between Rome and Carthage; […]

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Wage and Price Controls

Wage and Price Controls. We all know what this means. At least we begin to realize that measures are being taken to stop inflation and that something will soon be done to con­trol other things in connection with our daily earthly living. Whether this is the solution to the problem is not my concern just […]

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Isolationism

Isolationism The most startling bit of news with respect to the war policy that our coun­try should pursue is, as you all realize, the speech of President Hoover. This speech gave the impetus to the men of the Republican Party which have al­ways had the essential paints of the old isolationism. Many ideas advanced by […]

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This Dark Hour

This Dark Hour. When these lines reach you it will have become more certain what the outcome will be about Korea. It seems rather sure to me that we are facing a third world war, with Russia and China and very likely more of the Asiatic peoples as our enemies instead of our allies which […]

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Korea?

Korea? A question mark is placed after the word Korea. My purpose is to question what Korea means in our present day crisis. Does it mean a possible conclusive victory, or greater responsibilities and more commitments to defend? Many things are beyond our scope when our foreign policy is under discus­sion. We are in the […]

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Christianity and the Class Struggle

This is the title of a translation of an address by Dr. Abraham Kuyper which he delivered at the opening of the Chris­tian Social Congress in 1891. It has been translated by Dirk Jellema and pub­lished by the Piet Hein Publishers. Since I consider it my purpose to draw your attention to world events and […]

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Korea

Korea: The situation in the world has become very tense again because of fighting between north and south Korea. The northern part of Korea is under control of the Soviets, while the southern part was given the freedom to vote its demo­cratic government under protection of the United Nations and especially the United States. The […]

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Religious Beliefs of Youth

Religious Beliefs of Youth This is a title of a book which tells of a survey made by Social Scientist Murray G. Ross. This survey was made by send­ing eight page questionnaires to American youth from the ages 18 to 29, including Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. Nearly two thousand replied to these questionnaires. The conclusion […]

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