Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The religion that cannot focus the conscience of mankind upon the need for justice, mercy, and love in the relationships of men will be left behind..

Rev. Albea Godbold of University Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, wrote the following in Feb. 17, 1933 edition of the Nashville Christian Advocate:
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As I meet students on the campus, at the church, and in my home I find that many are serious about religion...Students...object to the old phraseology and the old shibboleths...We cannot appeal to an infallible Church or book for authority. To say that doctrine is true because the church so teaches is idle...Second, it must be intellectually respectable...All the vehemence of any kind of fundamentalism will not hold this generation to old dogmas and miracles that seem absurd. Third, it must make men conscious of God...God-consciousness is salt for the meat of religion. Without it no religion can long endure...Fourth, it must be applicable to the great social problems as well as to personal life...The religion that cannot focus the conscience of mankind upon the need for justice, mercy, and love in the relationships of men will be left behind....

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Comments:
At this point, of course, Methodism as a had been shocked to find out that prohibition on its own did not solve major social problems, and in fact created them. The 'fundementalists' advocated pietism, the modernists, under the Methodist Federation for Social Action advocated focusing on a broader spectrum of social concerns.
 
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