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IT At Random. I'C:A I I';Vt., c?ttani man drew a bow at a venture. I I By W. H. EVANS. II 'q Bless Bl,ed ?? the peace makers? for they ?})Bttcajj?d the sons of God." One cannot ??P b? ut wonder what the average preacher of 'th-day thinks of that ancient saying. Father Jaerlair d Vaughan says: Warfare means kill- -? troops fighting against you. But the ?tTQ ? ??ghting against us are Germans. There- fore the ?? ???' us means killing Germans." Tha i- War f°r 1,s ineans killing Germans.  logical. Thus, if in the shuffle of in- %m ^tional politics you nnd yourself at war ] nvif,} the French or the Italians, then war wiH ??ean killing them. Such a nice gaane. y.] ?a h? P?Ple. Your politicians get you into ?*? you have to dig them out bY/ ?m?'t? ?g a bloody mess of things. That is logic, ? ? ? know that war means killing -nftA,1 • I don't think any one thinks other- •jiifto*' We certainly do not think that it 1 • a Picnic, though some people seem to t thillk it ??y liken it to a game of foot- ':Hn i) Jom now for the great International ,ball.3 ?? one of the recruiting pooters. Wid- ow S' and orphans, are just incidental results of ??th" S?me. ?o science is prostituted to the I out ? murdering men in order to straighten the iiiess of the politicians. And yet the 4 zold.'Ors do not hate; it is only these at home i 1? '?dulge in rhetorical flourishes about the ?? nian and the last shilling. Said a young recently to T. P. O'Connor: "We don't Jiurt P- each other, we don't want to fight each w?' we could shake hands to-motrow )f it I in :;nt' for you politicians in London and 'rter- lir)' Is there any indictment more damning J ^.1 that simple sentence? And yet such men I a-9 Father Bernard Vaughan endeavour to I "m ^facture the hate that will make it possible f 'JL 111 en to go forth and slay. There is noth- appalling than that men should ?. ""th and slay in their hearts. One can under- ,?? a man killing another in the heat of terne-II  ? but calmly doing it at the command of "?th?r is what I am unable -to understand. If ? soldier had his way he would stop the war ? ?'??Tow; nay, he would not stop till to-mor- 1 but end it at once. Another thing men-I tby T. P. O'Connor is that this same ] ■ord^1 told him that there has to be definite ',¡ elts to our men not to fraternise with the ? ;0 ?'?? ??. These orders are very strict, and in <??' to T.P.'s query as to whether these or- 'd? are carried out, he replied, Certainly; ( I j1T sergeant degraded and given two years' 11111)1"()lii-nent because he palled up with a Ger-  .),I at is a serious matter. If it is neces-  to S?ve such strict orders it does not look i as « the men on either side had their hearts in ij ihp ?ork. May the peacemakers soon triumph. 1 lIt h fj11 the article by Father Bernard Vaughan '? which I have quoted occurs a most re- ,tiC) rkah!e statement, which amounts to an asser- ti? ? ??t the war is a splendid adjunct to the (ha Itch, It is doing the work that the church 1?ha ".?iled to do. It is winning souls to W ??' And there is comfort in the thought, ? ?t to the Cardinal, that many have been 'br Glight to think seriously of their souls' welfare '??ould n&t have given any thought to the ??tt? ?? if they do get killed they will ?90 to ???n and fathers and mothers wiR meet ?thpi. s?s over there, or is it up there? Any- ??? ? i a good thing, as in addition to kill- t\ the Germans vou get a nice place in heaven "? ?? the wicked cease from troubling, and t j.? "?RSOM are at res, Is it any wonder ? thaf many aa?e turnmg aside from religion &nd i??..?.d?ring that it has failed? The wonder to ||re ? that there is not a keener questlOnmg go- "'§ on relative to these matters. Another state- JJ^t of the good Cardinal's is "God doesn't hV:tt evil but He permits evil because out of 14 It lie. can and does draw good." Come let us ?on together. ?.?od permits ?vil because out of it He can '?? draw good." God is omnipotent, there- ?foi ?Re ought to be able to devise better ways 4tting good than bringing about wholesale ?Shtpr. Also He must be primarily re-sponsi.-l le f. aU evil. But if you do not believe in the final's thory of salvation you will be sent ? ?11 i'o.r doing what you could not help, what f ? your nature, which comes from God Who' '? ?uipotejit, compels you to do. Is Not tha". t?tty scheme? Is not that logical? Is not! '-co? human? God permits evil. He can, of ? stop the war, else His omnipotence is a ? ?? and the Cardinad would not grant that. ?ll, INIII;at %iv we think- of a beiii, w h o can ¡t ??t ?? we think of a being who can 1 j-); ? this awful slaughter and who yet permits it? I to go on because He can draw good out of it? k llfjw what I think of such a being. I consider III 'I inhuman monster unworthy the worship of '?nking men. Theological fooling used to be  1^, dangerous as political fooling at one time, ?? there used to be heated discussions about ?.? how many angels could dance upon the ??'iltio t of a needle. The Cardinal's theorising ^^ds me of a defimtJOn of metaphysH:8 I i?? across recently. When one man is talk t? ?0 another and doesn't know what he is -??g about, and the one who is listening .n't understand a wor d of what the oter is ??g, that is metaphysics." And that is the of fog the theologian leaves me in. M? all the selfish pleas that have gone forth j?tive to the benefits which are to be derived ia ? this war, I think that of the theologian j??e most selnsh. He hopes that the horrible ^nc-es which those at the Front ar? going ltlk, ^Ugh will result in the increase of the mem- ?{?ip of his church. It will make men think tL?e welfare of their souls. And naturally tjj/ ?ill join some church and that will streng- ??.the hands of the theologian, and incident- (increase the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus the ?'?Ual says, "I like to think that our losses below on earth have been God 's gains up \tI:' beyond in heaven." Ah! but suppose  are Germans there ? War mans killing are G-e,i?inans there ?y'?ajis! You cannot kill them in heaven, 1ikll()W.. And if the German is honest in his p?3 all the talk of all the cardinals and Uht?s in Christendom will not keep them out, ?'?s God is less than God and sends them be- c??or daring to fight against the Allies who, of H?se? are God's chosen instruments to get as  good out of evil as it is possible for the ?l? *?6 andmyshc alchemy to extract. Perhaps t l ] ith?? Cardinal has forgotten the 13th chapter of ?M.?irst Book of Corinthians. He has for- ?y'?M the sounding brass and the tinkling ?bol. "That love is not puffed up, does not j Hotave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is ?](? Provoked, taketh not account of evil- re- ,I,.iWoi 'Nth not in unrighteousness, but rejoic??h .?t? the truth; bearerth all things, hopeth au ??, endureth all things. Love never faileth." \>t' Apparently this is all forgotten. We are at and war means killing people, and we  kill the Germans all to the glory of God, we are told is love. And this loving a? hom the Cardinal believes in permits evil, ■' ??-???s good out of it. What a comforting ?h? ? Readers, when next you see the widow ???g ajid the orphan crying for bread. re-  r that God permits this that He by His I I mysterious ways may draw good out of the sufferings of the wid ows, and the helpless or- phan. Remember- that aU the e fforts of the reformers are unwarrantable interferences with the inscrutable ways of Providence. That the evil of sweating is permitted by god (small let- ter, Mr. Printer: this god is not worth a Capital) that the food sharks aa-e doing the will of him that sent them that god may draw out the evils of high prioes and starving child- ren. Yes, you are very wicked to try to in- terfere with the plans of God. Don't do it; it is tempting providence to send a worse thing upon you. Children may starve, widows may weep, but it is god's plan. All I can say is that such teaching is as bad as what they say the German philosophers hold. Surely, we are not to be deceived by such reasonings, such beliefs. If God is, then He is something quite other than theologians have conceived him to be. We cannot accept the theologians' concep- tioit but we may accept the scientific one of some Unknowable. Or, shall we say as 8alad- in did, I write not to destroy God, but in the vindication of God." Perhaps, ojtler all, we are nearer the real God when we fight ag- ainst the dishonouring conceptions of men than we are when in the ehurohes which extol those dishonouring conceptions. I believe we are.

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