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!. !i Forty-two ii THE GUARDIAN . ii J .|l nL ! ii i ul SIXTY MILLION AMERICANS ARE MATERIALISTS Not Interested in thee Incarnation-- We Are Not Extending Kingdom of God According to Bishop Brent of Episcopal Church. It is a contradiction of Christianity to maintain that materialistic ad- vance is progress, it is the very op- posite of Christianity. It is what St. John calls 'organization apar from God.' Certain thinkers are main- taining that we have nearly reached the limit of mechanical possibilities, and even of the possibility of thogght. There are those who say that thought has become a revelation of helpless- nose. It is as though there were clouds without water. "There is in this world such a thing as progress, and Christ exhibited in his own life just what that progress meant. It did not mean a lack of appreciation of the material side of life; but it did mean amplification of the inner life and such relationship to the outside world as would best build up the inside world. The lilies of the field were the joy of Jesus Christ; :the sunshine was a revelatn of the love of God; every drop of rain that came to fertilize was an evidence of the existing bounty of our heaven- ly Father. Progress in the mind of Jesus Christ means that we must put the kingdom of God and his righteous- ness before everything else. "We Americans are apt to be blind to the desperate condition of affairs, very largely becatse even in the war the finger of adversity lightly touch- ed us, and while the angel of death did brood over some of our homes, he did not dwell with us as he dewlt with many another nation. "We Americans are great idealists, 'but we play fast and.loose with our ideals. There is no better way to drive God out of the soul than to es- pouse a high ideal and then play false to it. There is not the slightest doubt that in the last year there has been a distinct slump in our idealism. "Our opportunity lies in this fact:] Yonder is a great confusion, and we are responsible for changing that con- fusion into order, and the only way things unknown, our gothic structures would be unconstructed and our fun- damental principles of liberty would bq without foundation. After all, it was the Middle Ages that gave us these, and it is the very antithesis of the Middle Ages that would destroy them." It is true, the Yale historian tells us, "the Middle Ages meant groping in darkness, but it was not the grop- ing of a man alone, for the mediaeval- ist possessed faith and enjoyed the discipline of a reasonable authority tlat guided but did. not limit too munh his wanderings. The Middle Age man was our intellectual as well as our physical progenitor. But with the cal- lousness of youth we deny his worth. In our pride at having invented steam engines, sawmills, movies and phono- graphs, we have forgotten that the mediaevalist has accomplished a more fundamental work for us. He it was who defined the basic principles of construction, who transmitted princi- ples of learning, of poetry, and of free government. And he it was who even gave us God, at least the God whom three-quarters  the Christian world know as God togay. The mediaevalist did not invent these things, as some would like to say, but he received them from an earlier generation that was fast disappearing. Unlike us, he acknowledged the sources of his ow history and of his civilization. He ac. knowledged his debt to the past. These gifts of a fading world he assimilated with long and tedious labor, and he gave us the fruits of his efforts. All of them we enjoy today, but many of them we seek to destroy. And as to their origins, we callously ignore them," Mr. Allison's contentions are valu- able for two reasons---for the fact that he is endeavoring to have justice done the Middle Ages, and for the lesson he seeks to impress--that it is folly to ignore the past, on whose shoulders we stand. It is highly in- teresting, moreover, to note that he ,repeats the truth that without the Middle Ages "our fundamental princi- ples' of liberty would be without foun- dation." This admission may be pain- ful to many outside the Church, but it is none the less correct. I Mr. Allison's statements are indi- cative of the growth of a better un- derstanding of the Middle Ages. As a further illustration of this grow- ing appreciation of that period, refer- for us to do dt is for us once move to ence may be made to the fact that in urender ourselves, a all costs, to I so significant a book as "The Crisis of 'that high ideal of generosity and selfr the Churches" just from the press, sacrifice. I Leighton Parks has a passage read- America Not Christian ing: "There is less freedom of "Take the Christian situation in this country. We arenot extending the kingdom of God. All the churches to- gether are not extending the kingdom of God in our land. Speaking in the terms of majorities, America is no longer Christianay, e, no longer a re- ligious nation. The department of commerce has issued the religious census of our country for.the decade ending in 1916. The total church membership of 202 different religious organizations, composing nearly all, except some very small ones, in the United States, is 41,000,000, compris- ing all. In other words, there are over 60,000,000 people who have not an in- terest in religion, not enough to de- clare that they are related to some religious body. Bishop Brent (Epis- copal.) J THE DARK AGES Appellation of "Dark Ages" Rejected as 'fBLasphemous," Yale Professor Cites Some Debts We Owe Middb. Aes. Condemns - Breaking Wi the Past Whose Heirs We/Ai'e. "In these days of frantic, almost fa- natic, search for .reform in letters as well as in world politics," writes John M, S. Allison in the North American Review for April, "one is so concerned With present day problems as to be inclined to neglect the past and to omit it from all consideration." Pos- 'sibly, lr. Allison adds, "we go even farther, and wilfully neglect it." Prefacing an article on Mediaeval- [st and Modernist" with this state- ment, wliCh involves a serious chargd, Dr. A|lison, assistant Professor of History at Yale University, not only .condemns those who seek to break With' the past, but also offers an in- teresting apologia (ff such were need- ed) for the much maligned Middle Ages. And in doing" this, Mr. Allison does not mince words. He charges that the folly of ignoring or I/eglectlng the paint .and looking only to the future has led to just as grievous aberrations in the field of science and letters as it has in that of art with its Futurism and Cubism and Dadaism. Ultra-Mod- emim, Ixe says, has even taken us much farther and has led us "to com- mitmany errors of judgment and fre- quent acts of intellectual dishonesty," ': Of these acts of dishonesty "the! most s," he writes, "has of calling the Middle I Ages.'" Yet, "with. I Ages you and I would thought in some of the modern churches than there was in the medi- aeval church when the great univer- sities were thronged with students. Into the great melting pot of the uni- versities went the seekers after God and out of it came the great teachers of the churches.'---Central Bureau of the Central Verein. CATHOLIc MOTION PICTURE PROJECT ParisThere has recently been created in Basel, Switzerland, under the name "Petrus-Film," a Catholic Motion 'Picture Association with a capital of 100,000 francs. The capital wilt later be raised to 500,000 francs. The association is planning to build two large studios at Basel for the making of educational films for schools, and Catholic institutions and societies. o K K THESE WORDS AS TRUE THIS YEAR AS LAST (By Arthur Brisbane.) 1921 years ago, a new born baby 'lay in its mother's arms at Bethle- hem. A few years later, grown through sorrow to manhood, Mary's Son, car rying a heavy cross of wood, rough- iy hewn, walked through the rabble that did not know Him, toward a bare hill outside of Jerusalem's walls. That hill was called Golgotha, mean- ing the skull, and there, nailed to that rough-cross, Christ died at the sixth hour, crying "God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me." That birth and death "we remem- ber today. Youth and happy child- hood remember only the wonderful birth, the angels that sang, the bless- ed and happy mother, the manger with the smiling child, the light of glory around the little head. Those grown old think of the sad death, the dreadful agony 'of body and I spirit, heard in that last cry, and I think of their own unworthiness. The 1 I story of that short and divine life] teaches that all hope is in the new' born child, all accomplishment in self- sacrifice. The "Christian world" professes to follow the "Message ye heard from the beginning that we should love one another." And that Christian world holds conferences to decide how men shall kill each other at wholesale, with or without poison gas and subma- rines, nineteen centuries after Christ's teaching began. There is, however, a reason for gloom or pessimism on this day of hope. The world is no perfect, the teachings of Jesus are not obeyed be- cause men are not worthy of them. The rich exploit the weak and poor, governmen is managed for the strong. The weak do not even know enough to protect themselves through power of numbers. ADDITIONAL BURSES AMOUNTING TO $21,000 FOR ST. LOUIS SEMINARY (By N. C. W. C. News Service) St. Louis, Dee. 16.--Gifts of burses to the value of $21,000 for the die- cesan seminary are announced by ities. It gives significance and mean- Archbishop Glennon in his annual let- ing to familiar names which other- ter to the clergy and laity of the arch- wise, to most persons, at least, re- diocese. Of these, one for $6,000 in mare unsuspected. honor of St. John was given by St. Few who begin this book will stop John's parish; anothein honor of St. until they have finished it, for it holds Joseph was contributed by the late one's interest like a novel, and few Msgr. Joseph A. Connolly was of who read it will fail to realize how equal amount; a third donation of $6,- much mol'e they know about Indian 000 was made by Bishop Francis Gil- life and civilization than they did be- fillan for Cathedral parish and $3,000 fore. came as a bequest from Mrs. Mary The enlightenment of this primitive Sheehan. , " people, their courage and faithfulness. Payment of $8.500 in burses previ- as depicted in this book, will be a rev- ously announced also is recorded, elation to many readers. The tragic $6,000 being the Rev. E. J. Shea burse, story of their undoing, by the men $1,000 the orphans' burse and $1500 whom they had helper'd to win the con- the Knights of Columbus burse. In ad- tinent, in its array of facts, is as elo- dition to the sums received as burses, quent and pathetic as the pages of the Archbishop is able to announce "A Century of Dishonor." that the bonded indebtedness of the A word of advice to the reading seminary has been decreased from public--skip a novel and read this $315,120 to $271,210. book..Be entertained nd instructed at the same time, and beside show A MONUMENTAL BOOK ON A yore: appreciation of the painstaking GREAT SOUTHERN INDIAN research and scholarly labors of the NATION author.--Commercial Appeal, Mere- , phis. There has just appeared from the press of J. P. Morton & Co., a vol- TIlE PRINTED PAGE ume entitled "Tlie Chickasaw Nation. ' The author is our distinguishod fel- Some time ago a great Catholic tort- low-citizen, the ttnorable James H. vention passed a resolution express- Malone. Of the author it is unneees- ing "unqualified disapproval of the sary to speak. We all know him and printing of the unimportant and nau- his many efforts and activities in fa- seating details of crime news." Their vor of progress and improvement in action was timely and pointed. But our laws and govermuent, state and municipal. The book is new and as yet few have seen it. Much may well he said in commendation of it without exhausting the subject or reaching the measure of its merits. In this work Mr. M'lone has done much to rescue from oblivion the his- tory of the greatest tribe of North American Indians, and incidentally to preserve the history of the whole In- dian race. With him, it has been a labor of love, for he has liked this primitive people, their customs and their annals. The future historian will find this book of great value as a work of reference, but to the present generation of readers it should have an interest and a fascination which few publications can equal. It is full of the spirit nd the substance of ro- mance, yet icontpins the instruction of accurate history. It is the story of the people who inhabited the section of the country in which we live, and with which we ae most familiar. It clothes with interest places which otherwise are mere geographical local- .};. Beach Abstract & Guaranty Company ABSTRACTERS EXCLUSIVELY Phone 4-2241 207 West Second Street @ IN THE HEART OF THE SHOPPING DISTRICT BRUCE ELLIS, Druggist Corner Fourth and Main Streets Phone 6101 P. G. Keebey MANUFACTURING JEWELER AND EN00?ER ]:11 West Capitol Avenue K K ',;PYrigllt ]922 e, ;t :h...# ...... LITTLE ROCK, ARK. that resolution will until every reader tion into his or her own life, resolves not to read "Skip the scandals," vice given in a Catholic long ago. Such a an excellent exercise will pew.or. It will be like s tion resisted that gives sist more serious good is gained by scandal ? The satisfaction curiosity leaves one worse than before. Such not add to our :mt mcrea.;c our serve no useful purpose. other hand, they fill the vile thoughts, that are sin; they make us unhaPPY bid; and tend to loosen that keep us from falling same excesses. Christian ethics do hearing bad stories, low the reading of the. at bad pictures is they appear in the paper over the dragging of creatures through the dal is a sin whether it the word or mouth or ed page. Our motto, Tle Guard Home." 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