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AMMANFORD.

MAN, WIFE, AND THREE CHILDREN…

THE OLD GUARD.

CANTON (OHIO) AND THE WAR.

THE SHORTEST DAY.

WHEN CHReST CAME--AND -NOW.-

IA DEFINITE POLICY.

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GERMAN THEOLOGY. Oxford Principal's Broad-Minded Speech at Carmarthen. Dr. W B S-eibie, PrmciixiA of Mansfield College, Oxford, and chairman of the Con- gregational Union of England and Wales, delivered a leoture on "English and Ger- man Theology" at Zion Presbyterian Church Carmarthen, on Monday night. Mr. P. J. Wheldcn, J.P., presided. Dr. S-elbie saad that be had been a stu- dent of tierman theology for many years, and the outbreak of the war was to him, as to others, a retw. personal grief. lie felt that many of his ideals had ()ee,n shattered, and that he was compelled to revise many of the judgments and concluaiona to which he had come with roraal to .thinge German. He, felt, aie-o, that whilst lie ha.d some 1ea.rs that the war would come. he was altogether mieta.kea in his general estimate of the rGorman people twid their altitude of mind. One of the things which grieved him more than anything else was to see so many min- isters and teachers in Germany, and < s- pccially among theological teachers, taking up an attitude of bitter antagonism to this euimtry, and so hopelessly misunderstand- ing the attitude oi mind here. He did not profess to ttf able to explain Hue, but one could only feel that the Prussian domina- tion in Germany, which had been a grow- ing factor for a great many years, was now practically supreme. Practically everyone there had submitted to Prussian domina- tion, and waa looking throruiii Prussian spectacles. When one realised that there were men who, as recently as eighteen months ago, epoke to him about their deep affection for England, their deep admira- tion for English work, their strong hope tha.t. nothing would ever happen to break the friendly icla-tion between the two coup- tries, and who were now found writing let- ters of the bitterest antagonism to this country, one could only feel that there was ti-itth in the old saying that "whom the gods wish to destroy they first turn mad." Some evil spirit must have taken posses- sion of those people, and all we could do was to recognise tha.t. there was. a miseion git en us to drive it out. Mow it was to bo done God only knew He hoped that all that would not lead n-> to chango permanently our estimate *9 the contribution that Germany had made to the thought of the world, .loô there was a groat deal of rather heedless talk aL the present time of being done with everything Ger- man. It was perfectly natural, but how. ever much we might wi&h it we should never be able to accomplish that in regard to German intellectual thing». We were I more or ieas Germanised. Wq. had been thinking in German teima for a ?rcat number cf vear?i. He did not w=t to feet reckless admiration for thinga German. We 61ioiild approach them in the future with a great deal more discrimination than hitherto. We would recognise that this greal people had made its own contribu- tion to the thought. of our times, and that it was for us to ditr-irninate and remmber the fact, and use what they had given us in the future as we had done in the past We in England had struck out on certain lines in theological thought that were very useful and to a la.rge extent original; at the same time it \'I:tl true that, much of the best of our theological thought had beeu almost entirely depending upon their lie: man "friends" or enemies—(laughter)—how- I ever. they iiked to put it. In Germany (lie continued) there was a clean divorce be- tween religion and theology, and that waa the most serious indictment that could be made again&t any nation. The hope of our country, as far as theology was concerned, was going to come not so much frofa any fterman source or from any reading in metaphysics, but from the new psychology. It seemed to him we would have to make full use of the experimental part of theo- logical work, aud that could only be (louo with a wider knowledge of what psychology meant and stood for

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