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Esteemed Editor: May I have a little space in your columns for the following, In the S.B. of June 15 appears an article by Rev. C. Hanko on “Separate Chr. Labor Organizations” in which he ends by expressing a desire for frank discussion. To this discussion I would like to contribute. And since the discussion revolves around the merits and demerits of the present C. L. A., I shall also group my remarks around that organization. To begin with, then, I would like to state that the question is not whether we shall boost the C. L. A., for personally...

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The formulation of this subject suggests a book which has recently appeared, written by ex-President Hoover and the diplomat, Hugh Gibson, entitled The Problems of Lasting Peace. However, it will be at once noticed that the present formulation points more to the underlying question with which we must be concerned; it begins at the beginning and it rightly suggests that the difficulty lies not in keeping a peace once attained, but in ever getting a peace that is true to the name. Now in discussing this problem we must avoid two extremes. On the one hand is the danger of...

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The Criterion of a Miracle In treating a subject involving the conception of a “.miracle we are immediately confronted with an extremely difficult and much debated problem. Not only has the subject been heatedly debated between the rationalist and the believing theologian, tut also Biblical theologians have struggled long and hard among themselves about such questions as whether the miracles were: natural or supernatural; mediate or immediate; or by secondary causes conformed to laws of nature, accelerations, or breaches of these laws; creations or performed with existent master; special providence or miraculous interposition. In order to arrive at some kind...

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The subject of the present essay has been a matter of interest through the ages of the church. That it would be so might be expected from the emphasis which the Scriptures place upon the virtues of love, humility and meekness, and also on the other-worldliness of the Kingdom of God. And that the Scriptural doctrines would be carried beyond their meaning might also be expected. Thus, in the 15th Century we have the Bohemian Brethren who took “the law of Christ” (Matt. 22:37-39; Gal. 6:2) as their ideal of Christian life and rejected as irreconcilable with it, such things...

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Definition For a simple, general definition of Natural Law as used in the field of Ethics I can best borrow that given by J. Gottschick in the Schaff—Herzog Religion Encyclopedia since the term has a long history and the definition varies with the conceptions of God and the Cosmos. The above work defines as follows: “Those absolute and universally valid imperatives and that are innate (inborn) in the reason of every individual and necessarily come into consciousness with the development of the mind.” The writer further elucidates as follows: This thought originated with the Stoics who wished to show that...

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Esteemed Editor of the Standard Bearer: May I have a small space in the Standard Bearer? Rev. Hanko has in a private conversation express to me the wish that I write again on the strike problem. And I told him the title of my next assigned article does not lend itself to that subject but that J would try to write a little contribution. First, then, I want to state that it is a pleasure to discuss with Rev. Hanko. His tone makes it easy to keep the issue to the fore and to come close together, and should also...

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Esteemed Editor of the Standard Bearer, May I have a little space in your paper. In the last Standard Bearer appears an article by Mr. Ten Elshof that occasions me to write. I take it upon the word of Mr. Ten Elshof that these things he relates in connection with the C.L.A. are facts and that is what we need in all these problems that surround us as Christians. We need principles and facts. And this series of Mr. T. E., some of which I consider very serious, show how badly we need to discuss these problems. Do such things...

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The importance of this problem is immediately evident to anyone who scans the History of the New Dispensation and recalls the struggle of Pope and Emperor, the question of Calvin and Servetus. The long discussions surrounding Article 36 of our Netherland Confession, and the attempt of Dutch Christian groups to work out a Christian polity and state. And for a very concrete instance of the importance we can look at the Russia, Germany and Japan of today, and not to relax our vigil, the America of tomorrow. In considering a problem such as this, one often feels the question come...

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The term theocracy is not a biblical word, but it is the expression of a thoroughly biblical idea as found in the passages 1 Sam. 8:7, “They have rejected Me that I should not reign over them;” 1 Sam. 12:12, “Ye said Nay, but a king shall reign over us: when the Lord your God was your King;” Deut. 33:5, “He was King in Jeshurun when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.” In general we may characterize this theocracy as the state where God was Father-King and as such the sole law-giver and also...

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When we speak of this sin we may first of all establish that there is in the Scriptures ample ground for the discussion of such a sin. For we may at first thought imagine that, the question is based upon an isolated instance in Matthew’s gospel, which would leave the discussion of it rather precarious. Against this we must first point out that not an isolated passage or instance teaches us about this, but that besides the main passage of Matt. 12 we also have the parallels in Mark 3:20-30, and Luke 11:17-25, but besides this we have the passages...

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