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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 3. 1962.

"God...?" "Not for me thanks, I'm trying to give it up."

"God...?" "Not for me thanks, I'm trying to give it up."

This seemed the attitude of a large number. I watched them. Bored 2nd Years, eyeing the cyclostyled barrage at Stud. Assn. enrolment table.

"What's all this stuff?"

"Religious clubs' questionnaire"

"What next!"

Some politely refused cards. Others accepted long-sufferingly.

Some laughed, "I'm not interested in that stuff."

"Not me!"

I wonder why not?

Why laugh God off?—like a bad dream. Perhaps you didn't laugh. Lots didn't. But you just Ignored the idea all the same. "Religious clubs.' So what?

Maybe you are an atheist. A few said they were. At least you've got convictions (that is, if you're honest.) But if you wouldn't go so far as to call yourself an atheist, then what are you? Probably an honest quiet little student, busy acquiring a degree. This will help you to express yourself and absorb some knowledge, and (best of all, perhaps) get you a better job, which is handy if you plan to get married sooner or later. You will then be able to support your loving wife and kiddies. Also make some sort of a contribution towards decency and respectability in your community. And you'll retire in due course, on an independent income, and watch the world go on from a comfortable armchair.

This assumes, of course, that you will live to old age, and remain in good health. And that you'll enjoy your wife's company, and not divorce her. And that you will rear decent children, and not delinquents. And that your society's economy remains favourable, and so on.

But this has a "life is real, man. life is earnest" beat about it. Why not? Surely students more than anyone cannot be excused for day-dreaming. New Zealanders may be unique. Students in Berlin, Hong Kong, or Washington, are perhaps different. Not that they all turn to God, to seek a security for the future. But those who do turn to Him find what they're after. Even here in New Zealand.

"Escapism", you'll stigmatise it. Certainly, the great escape, if you're not too proud to try it.

So God still has a place, even this year, at Vuw. Not only for the "religious club" types, but for all students, if they'll look for Him.

"Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who search for Him."

So says the Bible. (You may not like the Billy Graham touch; but let's face it. how many people honestly disbelieve the old Book?)

Take my advice—Don't "give up" any rudiments of religion you picked up in earlier years. Give them the treatment they deserve, from a mature student mind; an honest examination, and a humble readiness to become committed to what you find.

Don't put off the search. If you can bear the thought of joining a religious club you may be more likely to find help, for it is the tremendous privilege of Christian students to show their fellows the way to God.

P. J. Donovan.