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Abercwmboi New Theologians.


Abercwmboi New Theologians. NEED OF THE ATHEIST. ADDRESSES BY THE REV. ERIC DAVIES. At the Abercwmboi Council School, on Sunday, the Rev. Eric Davies, Laugharne, delivered two addresses to the New Theologians. In the afternoon he spoke in English, a.nd in the evening in Welsh. In the afternoon Mr. Davies took as his text the words of the first verse of the 14th Psalm: The fool hath said in his heart there is no God." It was pretty evident, he said, that the 14th Psalm had no connection with the Psalms of David, for it spoke of the need of restoring the Kingdom, which, in David's time, was at the height of its power and glory. The Psalm was written in a time of national decadence aDd corruption, but the people of that timo were not a bit worse than the people of to-day. They were corrupt and so were the British people to-day.. There was need of the Socialist and the Atheist to shout and waken the people from their lethargy. An unjust nation could not live for long. AH the nations and empires of the past were coroded from within by internal diseases. Russia was dying to-day from internal diseases, and so was Britain. If Britain wanted to live she would have to re-construct her social life so as to allow of a saner and fuller humanity. Some of tho things that would have to go were landlordism, sweating, and capitalism. People were mortally afraid of theoretical atheism, but there was not much harm in the atheism of the man who said there was no God, but who went a way and loved his neighbour. The atheism they should fear was that of the man who confessed there was a God, but who [went away and served the Devil. There were many kinds of atheism. There was the street- corner atheism. There was nono of that kind in his district. He wished there was, for it would make his people think furiously, and get their thoughts out of the old-fashioned ways. Then there was the atheism of the reformer, who was dissatisfied with the spiritual conceptions of the past. This kind of atheism was rather a sign of moral and spiritual health than of any disease. Humanity was craving for larger conceptions, and for a more humane view of God. Men said that God was a mean and foolish God if He had created a greater universe than He could manage. He, at any rate, could never bow down to such a God. The unworthy theologians of the past must end in a grander theology and a grander religious life. They were not turning their faces to the dark, but to the beginning of a. new dawn. Then there were those whose faith in God depended upon the truth of ancient stories. If all the old stories of the Bible could not be proved then these people could not believe in God. He called such people atheists, for the believed in a god but in a dead god. Then there were those who believed in logic to prove the existence f God. These people never had a god outside their intellectual life. Their religion was nothing more than argument and speculation. But the atheism of which he was most afraid was moral atheism- The atheism of those who said in their hearts there was no God. They might know all about theology, and they might be Protestant or Catholics, or neither; but still, they said in their heartethero was no God. They acknowledged God as the Father, but denied His Fatherhood by robbing or slandering their neighbour. This was the most fatal of all atheisrrig. It was the atheism of those who were afraid to protest against a wrong, lest they should lose their positions in life or iose the patronage of some of those who thought the wrong a right. It was the atheism of those who refused to help a man in need, lest they would have to sacrifice some of their own comfort. It was the atheism of those who did some deed for profit at the expense of. others. All these said in their hearts there was no God. Zola, the French aethist and novelist, denied God, with his lips, but he affirmed Him in bia life; and one good deed was worth all the psalms and hymns tha.t were ever written. They should be more courageous and voice the wrongs from which they suffered. Men would call them egotists, but a certain kind of egotism could be justified. Jesus was an egotist, but yet when He saw the poor and the downtrodden wronged, Ho said tha.t through them He was wronged. Did they „think that Jesus rested in Heaven while some of His weaker brethren were suffering here. He could not believe it.? Mr. Roderick Rhydderch commented on the sermon, and the meeting afterwards came to an end,


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