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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 9. Thursday, August 13, 1959


—In reply to your correspondent R. H. C. Stewart, I have long since rejected Christ and eternal life in Mr Stewart's use of these terms. This does not mean that I say man is not immortal.

I simply do not know and I am quite content to wait till death to find out.

Nor does it imply a rejection of Christ as a very great and influential man, but merely the rejection of the theology created around him and his teachings.

Though I think Christ was more often right than wrong, I think He was wrong at times, the same as any other man, however great.

The error lies in raising man into a position of infallible omnisience. The statements or actions which may be wrong for me, may have been quite right for him and he may have believed them as Keats believed his statements on Truth and Beauty in the "Grecian Urn" ode.

These latter statements were undoubtedly true for Keats and probably for all artists, but not for all men, in all places, at all times.

While I realise that many men must have such props as infallible dogma and eternal life to enable them to cope with life, such men can command only my sympathy not my admiration.