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RELIGION AND THE WAR

RELIGION AND THE WAR

BY MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF RELIGION, YALE UNIVERSITY

EDITED BY

E. HERSHEY SNEATH, PH.D., LL.D.

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NEW HAVEN YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS LONDON: HUMPHREY MILFORD OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS MDCCCCXVIII

COPYRIGHT, 1918, BY YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

PUBLISHED ON THE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF

JAMES WESLEY COOPER

OF THE CLASS OF 1865, YALE COLLEGE

The present volume is the second work published by the Yale University Press on the James Wesley Cooper Memorial Publication Fund. This Foundation was established March 30, 1918, by a gift to Yale University from Mrs. Ellen H. Cooper in memory of her husband, Rev. James Wesley Cooper, D.D., who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, October 6, 1842, and died in New York City, March 16, 1916. Dr. Cooper was a member of the Class of 1865, Yale College, and for twenty five years pastor of the South Congregational Church of New Britain, Connecticut. For thirty years he was a corporate member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and from 1885 until the time of his death was a Fellow of Yale University, serving on the Corporation as one of the Successors of the Original Trustees.

Not in dumb resignation, We lift our hands on high; Not like the nerveless fatalist, Content to do and die. Our faith springs like the eagle's, That soars to meet the sun, And cries exulting unto Thee, "O Lord, Thy will be done."

When tyrant feet are trampling Upon the common weal, Thou dost not bid us bend and writhe Beneath the iron heel; In Thy name we assert our right By sword, or tongue, or pen, And e'en the headsman's axe may flash Thy message unto men.

Thy will, it bids the weak be strong; It bids the strong be just: No lip to fawn, no hand to beg, No brow to seek the dust. Wherever man oppresses man Beneath the liberal sun, O Lord, be there, Thine arm made bare, Thy righteous will be done.

JOHN HAY.

PREFACE

Religious interests are quite as much involved in the world war as social and political interests. The moral and spiritual issues are tremendous, and the problems that arise concerning "the mighty hopes that make us men," hopes that relate to the Kingdom of God on earth, are such as not only to perplex our most earnest faith, but also to challenge our most consecrated purpose. It is the sincere hope of those who have contributed to this volume that it may prove helpful in the solution of some of these problems.

E. H. S.

Yale University, August 21, 1918

CONTENTS

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I. Moral and Spiritual Forces in the War 11 Charles Reynolds Brown, D.D., LL.D., Dean of the School of Religion and Pastor of the University Church

II. God and History 22 Douglas Clyde Macintosh, Ph.D., Professor of Theology

III. The Christian Hope in Times of War 33 Frank Chamberlin Porter, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Theology

IV. Non Resistance: Christian or Pagan? 59 Benjamin Wisner Bacon, D.D., Litt.D., LL.D., Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation

V. The Ministry and the War 82 Henry Hallam Tweedy, M.A., Professor of Practical Theology

VI. The Effect of the War upon Religious Education 105 Luther Allan Weigle, Ph.D., D.D., Professor of Christian Nurture

VII. Foreign Missions and the War, Today and Tomorrow 122 Harlan P. Beach, D.D., F.R.G.S., Professor of the Theory and Practice of Missions

VIII. The War and Social Work 141 William Bacon Bailey, Ph.D., Professor of Practical Philanthropy

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