Evelyn on Peace Not War [Continued]

“Now as never before people’s consciences are moved and their fear aroused by the awful spectacle of war allied with science… wreaking destruction on God’s world. Only Christianity can say why these things are evil, and offer a method whereby this evil can be dealt with at its source; namely in the hearts of men… It is the Church’s hour; and she will not face it, because like the hour  of birth it means risk, travail, inevitable pain. We are forced to the bitter conclusion that the members of the Visible Church as a body are not good enough, not brave enough to risk everything for that which they know to be the Will of God and the teaching of Christ. For it does mean risking everything; freedom, reputation,friendship, security – life itself”.

[Evelyn Underhill, “The Church and War”, 1940]

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