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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943



It is perhaps not surprising that Hewlitt Johnson has written another book about the Socialist Sixth. The first book by the Dean of Canterbury has sold over two and a half million copies in the English language alone. His new book, "Soviet Strength: Its Source and Challenge," should enjoy similar popularity.

Taking up the challenge Soviet Russia presents to the existing order, the Dean deals with the material growth and position of our ally. In the second section, entitled "The New Life," he writes a factual account of the personal life of Soviet citizens and then goes on to deal with the moral questions involved from the Christian viewpoint, and finds himself in agreement with the government existing today.

"The Challenge," as he calls the third section of his book, is perhaps the question which is the closest to us. He considers "This England" (and it might equally well be "this New Zealand"), he questions the life we have lived in peace time. The tone of the book is shown by two quotations from the final page:

"Man's dearest possession is life, and since it is given to him to live but once, he must so live as to feel no torturing regrets for years without purpose—so live that, dying, he can say, 'All my life and all my strength were given to the finest cause in the world—the liberation of mankind.'"

That is the motto for those who would dedicate themselves to usher in the New England and the new world.

And here is another, more ancient, more brief, more comprehensive, but not dissimilar; "I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly."