Choose a topic from Vol 3:


Reason proves God's existence
Primitive monotheism
Mystery of God's inner nature
Personality of God
Providence of God and the problem of evil


Immortal destiny of man
Can earth give true happiness?
Do human souls evolve?
Is transmigration possible?
Animal souls
Freedom of will
Free will and faith


Religion and God
The duty of prayer
The mysteries of religion
Can we believe in miracles?

The Religion of the Bible

Historical character of the Gospels
Canonical Books of the Bible
Original Manuscripts
Copyists' errors
Truth of the Bible
New Testament "contradictions"

The Christian Religion

Christianity alone true
Not the product of religious experience
Compared with Buddhism, Confucianism, Mahometanism, Bahaism, etc.,
Rejected by modern Jews
The demand for miracles
The necessity of faith
Difficulties not doubts
Proofs available
Dispositions of unbelievers

A Definite Christian Faith

One religion not as good as another
Changing one's religion
Catholic convictions and zeal
Religious controversy
The curse of bigotry
Towards a solution

The Problem of Reunion

Efforts at the reunion of the Churches
The Church of England as a "Bridge-Church"
Anglicans and the Greek Orthodox Church
The "Old Catholics" of Holland
Reunion Conferences
Catholic Unity
The Papacy as reunion center
Protestant hostility to Catholicism
The demands of charity

The Truth of Catholicism

Necessity of the Church
The true Church
Catholic claim absolute
A clerical hierarchy
Papal Supremacy
Temporal Power
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Catholic attitude to converts
Indefectible Apostolicity
Necessity of becoming a Catholic

The Church and the Bible

Catholic belief in the Bible
Bible-reading and private interpretation
Value of Tradition and the "Fathers"
Guidance of the Church necessary

The Dogmas of the Catholic Church

Dogmatic certainty
Credal statements
Faith and reason
The voice of science
Fate of rationalists
The dogma of the Trinity
Creation and evolution
The existence of angels
Evil spirits or devils
Man's eternal destiny
The fact of sin
Nature and work of Christ
Mary, the mother of God
Grace and salvation
The sacraments
Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Communion
Marriage and divorce
Extreme Unction
Man's death and judgment
Resurrection of the body
End of the World

Moral Teachings of the Catholic Church

Catholic intolerance
The Spanish Inquisition
Prohibition of Books
Liberty of worship
Forbidden Socieities
Church attendance
The New Psychology
Deterministic philosophy
Marriage Legislation
Birth Prevention
Monastic Life
Convent Life
Legal defense of murderers
Laywers and divorce proceedings
Judges in Divorce
Professional secrecy

The Church in Her Worship

Why build churches?
Glamor of ritual
The "Lord's Prayer"
Pagan derivations
Liturgical symbolism
Use of Latin
Intercession of Mary and the Saints

The Church and Social Welfare

The Church and Education
The Social Problem
Social Duty of the Church
Catholicism and Capitalism

The Social Problem

1347. I admire your efforts in what you believe to be the truth, but you are only diverting people's attention from the real business of life.

I believe absolutely in the Divinity of Christ, and He declared that the real business of life is to seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice. Nothing will ever persuade me that He was mistaken.

1348. Do you know that American factories, kept going at full efficiency, could supply this world, and four others, with all necessary material requirements?

I have no hesitation in describing that as a hopeless exaggeration. But that is a minor point. Let us go on.

1349. If so, why the poor?

Because, whatever the efficacy of production, the limitations of human wisdom, and the moral deficiencies in human character will always result in an uneven distribution. The poor will not always be a reality amongst men because good men want them to be poor. They will be a reality because even the best of men will fail to devise a really perfect system of administration; and because there will always be ambitious, covetous, evil, yet clever men who will want to be rich at the expense of others. And Christ predicted the sad fact of continued poverty precisely because He knew both the limitations of human wisdom, and the moral depravity ever likely to assert itself in human nature. We must do our best to improve human knowledge and correct the moral depravity. But so long as the human race exists we shall never entirely succeed in our task. Our Lord foresaw this, and foretold it. But you ignore the realities of life, take it for granted that human nature is what it is not, and live in a world of dreams.

1350. Why do men try to bring about an artificial scarcity by destroying the fruits of the earth whilst people starve?

They would argue that a too plentiful supply of any given commodity will so lower prices that the very growers will not get a sufficient return for their labor, and would themselves be reduced practically to starvation. I certainly agree that they have some kind of right to protect themselves from this point of view. But it is certainly wrong to destroy good food supplies whilst the poor and workless are without sufficient nourishment. It is here that government authority could be used to prevent the destruction of food. If it can be dumped in the ocean with no financial return to anybody, it could be dumped into government receiving depots, and issued free of charge to relief workers and dole recipients. Prices would thus be maintained for those who could afford to purchase their own supplies; and the surplus would benefit those who cannot. I can foresee difficulties in practice arising out of this suggestion, but they should not be insurmountable.



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