Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938
[review of s.c.m. meeting]
There are two interesting points which arise out of the "mess" in which the world-finds itself to-day, said Mr. Ryburn in commencing his series of addresses on the Christian Faith and the Student: (1) The constant turning of the world to the Church, saying "Why don't you do something?" and (2) the bewilderment of the ordinary Churchman at his own inability, to frame a santisfactory answer. The Church knew that it had some thing to say, but, owing to the lack of contact between the Church and the world there had arisen in the spiritual world a real problem of poverty amidst plenty. The Christian knew that in Christ the Church had a pearl beyond all price, but how to convince the outsider was the difficulty.
Mr. Ryburn Illustrated, by reference to statistics. Church membership was hereditary and the Increase in numbers corresponded roughly to the increase in population. If any real progress was to be made it must arise out of return of Christians to the real source of their power—their faith in Christ. Christians would then be separate from the world, not because they withdrew from it, but because their different quality of life made such a distinction inevitable.