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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 3. March 20, 1952

Religion and Progress

Religion and Progress

The underlying religious implications of this view were elaborated by the Rev. Harrison in the S.C.M. session. Man as a fallen being has no power in himself but can find it in the assurance of salvation through Christ. The case for a Deistic philosophy can be argued on scientific lines, but the point about Christianity is that although it has a philosophy and an exact science, theology, it is neither, but is a way of life inspired by the revelation of God to Man through Jesus Christ. He emphasised that the Christian faith was no mere construction of the human mind but followed from the historical facts of the life on this earth of a person who made the astounding claim to be the Son of God. The reconciliation of fallen man to perfect God is possible only through the mediation of this Son, Who gave His life for men. We should strive for an equitable social order, but for the Christian ethical considerations must always be considered from a theological standpoint. The Brotherhood of Man has no real motive or justification apart from the Fatherhood of God. From God the Christian draws the strength which enables him to recognise the sinfulness of his own nature, to endeavour to act in accordance with the Divine Will, and when he fails, to trust in the forgiveness of God.