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



Two comments, one by a Protestant and the other by a Catholic do place the enthusiastic meetings in a better perspective:

One had this to say: "Canon Green merely gave moral justification to a lot of platitudes with which our society is ridden. He didn't really say very much."

And the Catholic: "I think the visit was a good thing but one can only have doubts about the results. Was it the speaker or was it what he had to say? What he had to say was and is the main thing. Everybody hopes it will have lasting results but a lot of people of all religions doubt it."

The note of warning amounts to this: Did Canon Green have anything to give people that the Churches do not already give; if less fluently? Christianity cannot be built on a vague approach. There must be principles, rights and wrongs, truths and falsehoods. Canon Green did little to point out the necessity for, and the truth of Christianity. In a word he was not enough.

The State aid supporters must, for once, be appreciating the situation. Mr. Heron was "right and the pleas of those who wished the Canon to speak were, looking at the letter of the law, wrong. Secularists were hoist with their own petard.

Moreover the strict secularists were made aware of the fact that prayers commence the secondary school day. That is not secularism. Trying to have the secular cake and eat it is a confusing spectacle.

But why should the headmaster of Wellington College have been the centre of difference when the Technical College took exactly the same stand?

The Christian Churches are now aware that in this apparently godless country a trace of Christian belief and desire for God does remain.

If they can only unite even if it is only to preach the existence of God. His love and the destiny of man a free being with an immortal destiny. Settlement of other differences can only proceed from some common grounds, and these appear to be the most practical and easily attained.

It is an interesting comment on the that this article was solicited. Nobody was sufficiently fired to write an article immediately for Salient with a full report of his address at the College.