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

Nature of religion

22. What would you say that religion exactly is?

It is the sense of duty which impels a man to render to God the worship and obedience due to Him. This means that it is a form of justice which it is just as dishonest to neglect as our debts to our fellow men. As a matter of fact, we are far more indebted to God than we are to any earthly creditors.

23. Does God want us to feel nothing but a blind sense of duty to Him?

Put it this way. He wants us to have an unswerving sense of duty to Him. So Christ said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." This sense of duty is not blind. It is inspired by the very light of our faith making us see clearly that it is our duty. As for our feelings, God has never promised any gratification of our senses as a result of our obedience. But He did promise peace of soul. And He keeps that promise.

24. God does not need our worship.

We need to render it. And God would not be God if He did not will us to do what it is right for us to do. We are unjust if we do not render to God the love, gratitude, obedience and worship we owe to our Supreme Creator, Father and Benefactor. And not God's future well-being, but our own future well-being depends upon our fulfillment of our religious duties.

25. What good do people get out of worshipping God?

Not much, if they do so only with the idea of what they can get out of it. There are two attitudes to life, the utilitarian and the appreciative. If self-seeking is our predominant motive, even in religion, then we become more and more self-centered, ending by worshipping self only, with no room for the worship of anything or anybody else, even of God. But genuine worship of God is not based on utilitarian grounds. It is based upon an appreciation of God for His own sake. Any benefit we get is a byproduct only. If we aim at the by-product we won't even get that. But if -we put aside self-seeking and worship God as we should, then blessings upon ourselves will result. Utter selfishness is the cause of most of the world's troubles and it is due in great measure to the criminal neglect of the due acknowledgment of God. It is a duty to worship God both privately and collectively by attendance at public religious services.

26. Surely one is meant to find pleasure in religion.

There is happiness, not necessarily pleasure. There may be, of course, pleasurable moments; but they are temporary emotional experiences which cannot be expected to continue permanently. God does not want only fairweather friends. Trial and suffering must come to everybody. Sometimes we'll feel we like our religious duties. Sometimes we won't. But if we are truly religious people we continue fulfilling our religious duties on principle. If we do, we may not always find much pleasure in them from the viewpoint of sense-experience; but we will find happiness of mind and heart and will.

27. I have been informed that sex is the cause of all human behavior.

That might possibly be true of a sex-obsessed maniac; though I doubt it even in his case. It is certainly not true of a normal human being. Reason itself tells us that the reproductive function is but one of the functions of human nature. And its purpose is obviously to enable human beings to reproduce themselves for the sake of keeping human beings in existence. Not that they may merely exist, but that they may behave in accordance with the human nature they have received. Does sex cause the behavior of the astronomer who is carefully engaged in spectroscopic analysis of the sun? What has that to do with sex?

28. Religion itself is a form of sex-expression.

That's an equally ridiculous statement. The sex-instinct, which animal nature shares with human nature, has never sought to express itself among brute animals in any form of religion. Intelligent beings only have ever had a religion; and it is due to the fact that they are intelligent. In other words, it is due, not to the sex-instinct they have in common with animals, but to the intelligence by which they differ from animals. The interpretation of religion as sex-expression is significantly made by people who have given up the practice of religion; who have fallen to sub-human standards of conduct; and who are themselves victims of sex-obsessions. They are not normal human types.



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