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continent. Religious liberty, democratic aspiration and education go hand in hand. One thing is absolutely certain and that is that, because of the war, every nation, great and small, is going to give far more attention to education than has been given in the past. But the State will concentrate its energies very largely upon intellectual culture, economic education and industrial training. It is therefore the great opportunity and the plain duty of the Christian Church to see to it that in every nation there is a vital program of moral and religious education closely correlated with the State education. When this is done then all people will become conscious that they are engaged in a common task, namely, the building of the Kingdom of God upon earth. The social and religious meaning of such a program is evident. The kingdom will actually come to pass. A very recent report from China shows the possibilities in this direction. We quote from The Missionary Review of the World the following statesmanlike report of the work of the China Continuation Committee. "Movements for both interdenominational and community coöperation have made steady progress, evidencing the general appreciation of the need for the work the committee is undertaking. Its crowning work is the yet incomplete 'Survey of China,' which at least one hundred and fifty missionaries have already coöperated in preparing, and which is expected to be published in 1920. A conference is planned to consider questions arising from the survey, for the facts gathered prove the ignorance of the past as to the real situation which we face in China; and that conference will need to provide plans vitally affecting missionary effort for possibly fifty years, and inaugurating a period of real Christian statesmanship.”
“The work of the special committee on Work for Moslems is an instance of undertaking a national evangelistic problem. All along the line coöperation in evangelism is in progress; many specially trained evangelistic leaders are called for, and pastoral work is rapidly passing wholly into the hands of the Chinese Church; but while it retains large responsibility for training Church members, institutional work and theological training are transferred to it much more gradually. It is reported to the committee that the Chinese Church is making social welfare a definite part of its program. Christian patriotism, equality for men and women, justice to all, and freedom of conscience are among the ideals which the report presents. Christians should reverence their parents in accordance with the Word of God, should raise the age of marriage and eliminate polygamy, base marriage on the consent of the parties, and end foot-binding and slavery, to make the Chinese home truly Christian. Industrially, the Church demands suitable hours for labor, adequate wages, suitable work for women and children and a day of rest. The Chinese Christian Church opposes the social vice, gambling and the improper use of drugs, and should take part in
the care of dependents and defectives. The inadequate support of the Chinese ministry was discussed, and ample provision for this end was stated to be “true economy.” “There is more danger of extravagance in continual foreign reinforcements and a large staff of ill-trained Chinese than in picking, educating, and adequately providing for more of these better equipped Chinese.” For the further promotion of aggressive action in this general field, a Moral Welfare Committee was appointed.
"The Continuation Committee also heartily endorsed the plan of the China Christian Educational Association for a five-year program to that end, which divides the country into nine educational districts and involves administrative secretaries, teacher training, institutes, summer schools, a teachers' magazine and textbooks. The expense of the scheme would be some $16,000 a year for the five-year period, to each of the local associations.
“The promotion of the new national language phonetic system is a new feature of the committee's activities. To the missionary, the chief purpose of its use is to make the Bible known. Millions of pages of Sunday school literature have already been printed in the script and sold, and it is now possible to place an open Bible in the hands of every Church member in China. A diligent propaganda is urging that all Christians learn to use it.
“A study of religious education with reference to the special needs of the Chinese children has been begun and the committee expects to have in the near future a constructive program of religious education for the Chinese Church."
In Christian coöperation, evangelism, the social message and education there are plans projected and ideas under consideration that will bring about the most far-reaching changes in mission work in China. The Christian forces in China are now studying their whole task, defining their attitude thereto, and seeking for adequate plans to meet worthily their responsibility. The secret of successful coöperation in the mission field is this united work of various agencies in each countrythen the churches at home must come together in their program for world evangelization.
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