Seminar 2017


HOPE IN A DIVIDED WORLD:
Macmurray’s vision for universal community

“Why do we simply watch our social system going to pieces before our eyes? … Because we are afraid, afraid of one another, afraid of ourselves, afraid of the consequences of any decisive action. … Our dilemma lies in the fact that the more we try to defend ourselves the more we destroy ourselves by isolating our selves more and more from one another. … There is only one way in which we can escape from the dilemma, and that is by destroying the fear that is at the root of it.” (from ‘A Faith For The Modern World’ from ‘The Modern Dilemma’, broadcast by the BBC January 1932, published in ‘Freedom In The Modern World’, 1932)

“No civilisation has ever been created or sustained except by a religion. Our own was created and sustained by the Christian religion. Because it was a limited and dogmatic form of Christianity, its strength is gone out of it and our civilisation is crumbling in war and revolution. A new civilisation has to be created—a world civilisation. The people of the world have to be united in one human fellowship. It cannot be done by political pacts or business contrivances. It cannot be done by science; because it is a religious task; and only religion, in the nature of things, can accomplish it.” (from ‘Search For A Faith’, ‘Retrospect and Prospect’, broadcast by the BBC 17th May 1945, a few days after the end of the Second World War in Europe)

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