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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 13. October 4, 1951

Religion is Culture

Religion is Culture

On this sole, unexplained quotation from Eliot N.G. bases his attack. He states: "The degree of truth in Eliot's contention is that culture in our Western world is degenerating." He does not tell us why Eliot believes this and he ignores, either deliberately or because he could not perceive it, that the fundamental theme of Eliot's, essay is: "No culture has appeared or developed except together with a religion; according to the point of view of the observer, tbe culture will appear to be the product of the religion, or the religion the product of the culture."

Now no true Marxist could recognise this or waste time discussing it N.G. avoids noticing it. Eliot believes that European culture is obviously in decline and he relates that decline to the decline of Christianity. He is not, he asserts, out to secure converts—he is simply stating a fact.