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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, October 1918

Christian Union

Christian Union

"Just here the bump appears
Of innocent hilarity,
And right behind the ears
Are Faith and Hope and Charity."

—Bab Ballads.

First Term.

The two closing general meetings of the First Term were addressed by Rev. A. M. Johnson, M.A., and Mr. E. K. Lomas, M.A., M.Sc. Mr. Johnson took as his subject "The Message of the Bible to the People of To-day.' Dealing first with the matter of origins he traced the historical development of the Bible. The modern critical movements were referred to, and Mr. Johnson showed that these had only served to emphasise the fact that the Bible was in a special sense an inspired book possessing a very definite message to the people of to-day. Mr. Lomas spoke on "Christianity and Citizenship" and stressed the need for the application of Christian principles in every branch of civic life.

Second Term.

The opening meeting in the Second Term was addressed by Professor Kirk. The Professor's subject was "A Scientific Basis for the Belief in Immorality." He dealt with it from the point of view of the origin of life and maintained the principle of "omne vivum ex vivo." The Professor showed that the most recent experiments upheld this principle though exhaustive attempts had been made to discredit it.

Rev. J. W. Burton, M.A., of Melbourne, was our next speaker. Mr. Burton is a recognised authority on the Pacific peoples and is the author of several books upon this subject. He dealt with the question of "The Problem of the Pacific," and gave to his hearers a very clear account of the industrial, educational and religious problems of these island peoples.

Bishop Sprott addressed us this year on "The Christian Conception of Human Society." The Bishop based his address on Paul's analogy between the human body and its members and society.

Other addresses to be delivered this term are: "Some Problems of Social Reconstruction," by Mr. B. E. Murphy, Lecturer in Economies; ' Christ and the Student," by Major Pettit (N.Z.M.C.), and "The Teaching of Jesus and some Modern Problems,' by Miss England.