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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 8. August 3, 1959


"Theirs not to reason why, theirs not to make reply" might be the Army way, but not the way of the army of Christ, the Rev. R. Thornley (Methodist) told the annual combined meeting of the Catholic Student Guild and the Student Christian Movement at Victoria recently.

His talk, "Authority for the Christian," indicated authority as the right to win or secure obedience.

"The Christian authority is God—Christ taught as one who had authority, not as the scribes. As Livingstone said, 'Christ is the greatest master I have known, and the greatest friend I can know.'

"In this modern day great questions are being raised about authority," Mr Thornley said.

"The answer is the authority of Christ. If we rob Christ of His uniqueness, we will be led away from the lordship of Christ, forgetting that He is not only the Son of God but God the Son.

"Christian authority is therefore ultimately God as revealed in Christ."