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ideal element in the present conception of democracy can be found in the Bible. The Reformation especially in France, Switzerland, and Scotland, the rise of the great Methodist movement in England, the development of the Baptist, and the Congregational movements, the migrations of the Puritan and the Huguenot, the French Revolution, the economic and religious conquest of the American continent and the present day world-wide missionary propaganda of the Church are all the outreachings of the heart of Christianity for that real power and freedom which it believes to be the Divine birthright of all men.

In spite of the immediate guilt of Germany and the horrors of Bolshevism in Russia we cannot escape the conclusion that the causes of the world catastrophe just past were rooted in this age-long struggle brought about by the entrance of Christ into the world. In an incredibly brief time the issues involved in the world war were lifted from the local and sordid contentions of European potentates to a high moral plane where they immediately became universal. When in a moment of supreme genius, President Wilson caught the vision of a world conquest of democracy made stable and enduring by a League of Nations based upon the moral force of great ideals, he interpreted, in terms of world politics, the entire philosophy and program of Foreign Missions and made articulate the dreams and aspirations of all peoples. Nations began to flock to the far-flung banner of world freedom. Young men and women leaped to the conquest, and life took on a new and sweet preciousness in the very act of sacrifice. The two most absorbing and vital interests which men are facing today are the onward march of Christian Missions in its conquest of the world and the establishment of a League of Nations which shall make this earth of ours a safe place wherein to build a great Christian democracy and the young men and women who give themselves to the promotion of these two great programs will become the real world conquerors. The struggles of mankind for political, industrial, intellectual, and religious freedom are now seen to be converging. Religion is at last emancipated and Christianity is rightly conceived of as the dynamic force of a Divine personality at work in the world spiritualizing all of the motives, ambitions, and relationships of men and nations. The profound and far-reaching philosophy of the Apostle Paul once again finds justification in the movements of history. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

How can the Church marshall the men and women of tomorrow behind these two greatest of all undertakings—the establishment of a League of Nations based upon the force of moral ideals and the Christian conquest of the world through missions? Upon the successful answer to this question depends the future progress of the world. The reply which follows is made with a sense of humility and inadequacy, nevertheless it is put forth with confidence and conviction and with the stark audacity of faith. At least three very definite steps are involved:

1. The first step is the preparation of a program of religious education which will train the coming generation to meet these tasks with conviction, energy, consecration, and leadership. The boys and girls from nine to eighteen years of age constitute in America alone a group numbering about 25,000,000. In fifteen years they will be the leaders

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of public life and opinion. When we add to this number the millions of youth in other lands, we realize the tremendous latent power. With the ' population over thirty-five years something can be done at once. With the group between eighteen and thirty-five still more may be accomplished, but with this younger group there is no limit to what can be attained by way of moulding and shaping life. To them every soldier is a hero; their imaginations are vivid; their minds are fertile and open to conviction; their altruistic impulses and motives are ripe for spiritualizing and their ideals are most sensitive to the enlarging influence and the drawing power of a great Christ.

(a) The program of religious education that will enable the Church to meet its missionary obligations must include the right kind of information. Among other things this information must show how the principles of missions and the causes for which the Allies fought are substantially one. There is a sense in which we cannot neglect the missionary task of the Church and be true to the memory of our heroic dead. The cause for which they died is imbedded in the heart of the missionary program of the Church. Again this body of information should reveal the far-reaching effects of the war on the various countries of the world in such a way as to make the duty and the business of the Christian clear. Dr. Robert E. Speer has compactly summarized this effect as follows:

“The Church's universal business was never clearer. The central organizations of Islam have broken down. Mecca remains but not the Mecca of old. Some day even the long sealed city will be a mission station, while already the iron bands that girt the Mohammedan peoples and the Mohammedan faith have been rent. New ties of sympathy and of confidence relate the Latin American nations to us and new realizations of moral and social need open them to the Bible, and the living Christ. The streams of democratic influence and of moral energy springing from one great fountain flow through the forms and institutions of government and society in Japan. The critical period in Chinese history is too analogous to the corresponding years in our own national past to leave us cold or unsympathetic toward the struggle of the contending forces of corruption and progress in China, where it can not be that God will allow the evil to prevail, and where all that is true and honest calls for Christianity as the one hope of the nation. In India the British government is redeeming its pledges of the past and providing for a measure of self-government that will put great sections of India's affairs in the hands of the Indian people themselves, and that will reveal to India more clearly than it has yet been revealed the incompatibility of Hinduism and Islam alike with free institutions and democratic brotherhoods. And they have helped Africa to realize its need of light. And in South Eastern Asia--the Philippine Islands and

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