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Table Talk.


Table Talk. Last week Tk: Guardian celebrated its seventieth birthday and commemorated the event by issuing a supplement of extraor- dinary interest, in which a number of well- known men reviewed the changes which have taken place during the last half-century or more. The most interesting article was, per- haps, that by Sir Oliver Lodge, on Ftfty Years of Science 7.1. Religion." It is a per- sonal confession of faith as well as a review bf historical events. It contains also a hint of rebuke to certain theologians who, in their eagerness to lighten the ship, arc throwing overboard a great deal that ought to be re- tained. Sir Oliver Lodge writes.: — And now—coming to quite recent times —I can only speak for myself I have emerged from the fairly full-blown scepti- cism of the cleansing period, and have gradually come to recognise the beginnings of a more constructive era. I now venture to think that a few excellent and enlight- ened men among theologians are going a little unnecessarily far in their most praise- worthy effortto lag behind no longer as a drag on progress. The pendulum is in process of righting itself, after a few more swings and though it would be manifest- ly presumptions for me to suppose that I know where it will rest, I feel sure that the position will not coincide with complete rejection of all that has been called mira- culous. By which vague term I mean, definitely—and I think others really mean it though many unsatisfying definitions have been given—the intervention in human affairs of intelligences and powers not merely, and in the ordinary sense, human. I admit that this step is a great one for, once a step beyond humanity is taken, there is nothing short of the Divine. Sir Oliver goes on to declare his belief in a future life in which memory, affection and character will survive bodily death. He bases this belief, or rather certainty, not merely on revelation, but on evidence satisfyng to him as a scientist. Probably in' this dim region he goes further than many of us would be prepared to follow him, but his testimony is none the less valuable on that account. He writes :— If men are more than bodies, and if memory, affection, and character survive bodily death—as I and many others know that they do -and if telepathy, or psychic communication, by other than bodily or- gans is a fact, then the gate is opened to a region not exactly beyond the material, but co-existent and continually interacting with it; and from this perception consequencs! will follow the fulness of which we cannot yet realise. Materialists will say that this opens the door to superstition. Very likely—that is one of the dangers to be reckoned with and guarded against; but it also opens the door to a religion accept- able to the intellect as well as to the emo- tions, a religion not purely subjective and not solely spiritual, but intercalated with life more closely, more widely, more com- prehenisvely, than any except the very greatest teachers of old time have sur- mised. O'r Baptist Times, trwy law Br. EDW. MORGAN.

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