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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910



The opening meeting of the Union was held on April 23rd in Gymnasium. There was an attendance of about thirty members. Professor Easterfield gave an address on "Old Faiths." He showed how Christianity had stood the test of the full light of science, and had come out not a whit the worse; nay, even enriched. The idea, fairly prevalent that the greatest scientists have found it impossible to retain their faith in christianity was shown, from the testimony of several of the greatest scientists of the day, to be false.

The next address, on May 14th, was given by Mr. Caughley, M.A., of the Training College. He took as his subject "children," pointing out the rapid advance of child psychology of late years, and impressing upon his hearers the importance of a right use of the influence which they as young men and women undoubtedly have upon children.

The Rev. R. H. Hobday, vicar of St. Matthew's, Brooklyn, gave a very interesting address on "Thoughts Introductory to Bible Study." He reminded us that the Bible was not one book, but a collection of books of all kinds—poetry, prose, history, etc., and touched briefly upon recent researches in archaeology and paleology, and their significance to the Bible. He concluded his remarks with an appeal for a deeper, more reverent and intelligent study of the Bible.

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The next address, on June 11th, was by the Rev. Gibson-Smith, on "Fellowship with the Living Christ." In a very impressive way Mr. Smith dwelt on the need for a living, personal communion with the Christ, which could only come from an entire and absolute self-consecration.

The women's branch has had a visit from the women's travelling secretary, Miss Reeve, of Melbourne. While in Wellington she met the various committees, and also gave an address to women students on "Personality." This was well attended, and we believe that much good has resulted from Miss Reeve's visit.

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