Choose a topic from Vol 4:

Religion - Yes or No

Necessity of Religion
Reality of Religious Experience
Religion and life
Religious statistics
Nature of religion
Necessity of worship
Neglect of religion
Religion and history
Conversion of mankind

The Christian Church

Nature of the Church
Necessity of the Church
Visible organisation
Hierarchical constitution
Papal supremacy
Perpetuity of the Church

"This Shall Be the Sign"

Notes of identification
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Apostolic succession
"Roman" but not "Roman Catholic"

Dogmatic Authority of the Church

Authority in religion
Catholic Church infallible
The Pope infallible
Papal definitions
Dogmatic spirit of the Catholic Church
"Religion of the spirit"
Individual freedom
Re-stating Christianity
Athanasian Creed
Meaning of faith
Faith and reason
Faith and science
Religion and education
Religion and morals
Catholic countries backward
Universities and religion
Natural Moral Law
Christian principles of morality
Catholicism versus the world

The Power-Complex Illusion

Legislative power of the Catholic Church
Coercive power of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church and political ambitions
Divided allegiance of Catholics
Rome and totalitarianism
Aim of the Catholic Church in America
Catholic Action
Political freedom of Catholics
Catholic infiltration of civic life
Catholicism anti-democatic
Rival totalitarianisms, Rome and Moscow
Catholic attitude to Protestants
Spanish Inquisition
Church and State
Federal Union or "One World State"

Life-Or-Death Social Problems

Social reform necessary
Trade unions
Protestant Churches and Communism
Social apathy of Churches
Catholic social teaching
Family life
Primary purpose of marriage
Religion and marriage
Form of marriage
Mixed marriages
Birth control
"Catholic birth control"
Divorce and re-marriage
Catholics and civil divorce
Nullity decrees
Therapeutic abortion
Euthansia or mercy-killing

Those Exclusive Claims

Divided Christendom
Do divisions matter?
The "Only True Church" claims
Cause of sectarian bigotry
Reunion Movement
Catholic non-cooperation

Religious Liberty

Religious freedom
Catholic intolerance
Protestants and the principles of religious liberty
Rome and the "Four Freedoms"
Heresy and heretics
Religious rights of Protestants
Religious persecution
"Rome's historical record"
Protestant missionaries in Spain
In Italy
In South America
Conditions in Colombia

Are Only Catholics Saved

"Outside the Catholic Church no salvation"
Beliefs of Catholics
Salvation of Pagans
Salvation of Protestants
Why become a Catholic?
Duty of inquiry
Salvation of apostate Catholics
Test at the Last Judgment
Obstacles to conversion
Truth of Catholicism

Religion and life

12. People would not then be afraid to live normal lives.

What do you imagine a normal life to be? As a matter of fact, people without religion live in only one room of their mental house, and that very often is the cellar. Those who do not utterly degrade themselves live far too superficially, content to be lost in the mere round of external events. Reason itself should tell them that they are blinding themselves to higher and nobler aspects of human personality.

13. It is religion that won't let you be yourself.

Again the question comes: What self do you want to be? If the self you have in mind is only your lower self, then religion would be a boon to you if it stopped you from sinking to that level. People who think life is no more than the raw stuff of animal passion and appetite, who give to all their impulses a free rein, and who talk of living dangerously, are fools. It's all very well to say: "Burn the candle at both ends. It gives a lovely light." The trouble is that it soon burns out, leaving one in stygian darkness. And it has all been tried before, as thousands could tell you from their own bitter experience.

14. The secularist ignores religion and the future, and deals with present duties in the present.

You do not do justice to the secularist. He has a future in view - the turning of this world into a paradise by human efforts only, quite independently of God and religion. But it is he who refuses to face realities. He refuses to face the fact that there is something radically wrong with human nature. Man is a fallen being and not naturally perfectible. All his achievements contain within themselves the seeds of their own collapse. Any new order the secularists may devise will be just as subject to corruption as previous systems. It is the man who knows that the outcome of all merely human efforts is bound to be imperfect, and who knows that God intends to bring humanity to perfection, who is best fitted to deal with the problems even of this world.

15. Do you hold that neglect of religion necessarily results in the neglect of other duties to ourselves, to our families and to our fellow men?

Yes, even though the irreligious deny it. If a man will not be faithful to his duties to God, he is not likely to be faithful to duties to himself by self-discipline, or to his fellow men by justice and charity. If he will not be true to God, why should he be true to his fellow men who are so much less than God? Rationalists, who abandon and ridicule religion, loudly protest that they are none the worse for that. But the unbelieving Renan saw through that. He declared that to attempt to preserve the Christian Code of virtue without the Christian Creed would be like trying to live on the perfume from an empty bottle. Renounce the Creed, and the Code of Christian conduct will also go. From another viewpoint experience also proves that. For men who definitely abandon Christian standards of conduct soon feel impelled to attack and destroy belief in the Christian religion. Hitler in Germany and Stalin in Russia were examples enough of that.

16. If the Catholic Church teaches that justice and charity and peace are not attainable in this world, does it not teach blatant defeatism?

It teaches the only sound realism. The violent breaking up of a Christian civilization which tried to get on without the Christian Faith which created it will force unbelievers to admit defeat. The secularism of the rationalists will never lead to the justice and peace God alone can give. Christ Himself has warned us that one doesn't gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles. The policy of rationalists, therefore, is one of defeatism. But the Christian outlook is not defeatist. It offers justice and peace in so far as these are possible and to the degree in which men put Christian principles into practice. Realism compels us to admit that not every single human being in the world is likely to do so.

17. To my mind the persistence of religion amongst intelligent men at all is the problem!

As long as the human race persists, religion will persist. Religion is part of man's very nature and he will never be able to get away from it entirely. If people haven't got the right religion they'll invent a wrong religion. The mystery of life forces every thinking man to lift his thoughts ! to something beyond it, and that is always a stepping-stone to a religion of | some sort.



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