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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHMi
000 ((Ebiti TIIE highest courts of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in America will assemble in May and June. There are potent reasons why these meetings should be regarded, this year, with unusual solemnity, humility and supplication. The wisest of men are utterly 11!) m o/i in UID />flpAvf 4-A. .u vuc C11.VI t iu luictuni 1.11V 1 llllllfdlil It." future in the affairs of nations. The least observing can well understand that there is possible "tribulation such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now." It is a supreme business of the Church to stand in her place as witness-bearer and intercessor. If a new day may be dawning, as we sincerely trust, it will come in answer to the petitions and through the obedience of God's people. It is an awe-inspiring thought that the living Church may be the medium of turning away judgments from the earth and inaugurating a new era of peace and good will; or by unfaithfulness to her mission and recreancy to her covennntc i11r*11?? oAvon rtl?oo*loA.?AM4? ? ......... ...uui mim <.unaiinciiiciilH. r <>l" WIM'Il Thy judgments arc in the earth, the inhabitunts of the world will learn righteousness." Surely this age of conflict, carnal and spiritual, appeals to the Church that she put on the whole armor of God and advance to new and larger victories of faith. We are constrained to believe that our Southern Assembly, this year, will convene and conduct its deliberations with feelings of dependence on the powers of the unseen world, akin to those which were experienced at the meeting of our first Assembly held in 1861. PERTINENT to the recent inauguration of Dr. Edward K. Graham as president of the University of North Carolina we think it entirely discreet to inform our readers that Dr. Graham is a Presbyterian. Moreover we venture to remark that the great university has on record 125 years of history and that throughout this period, with the exception of twenty years, its presidents have been Presbyterians. Still further, a large proportion of its professors have been of the same faith and order, according to information derived p ? "i win nutnentic sources. The tirst president who was the real father of the institution, Rev. loseph Caldwell, was a Presbyterian. lie was ?iot only its founder, but "stemmed the tide of infidelity at the university and put the stamp of religion upon its character." This was a groat service to render to a great state by a truly great man. Also it is a credit to the state and those who administer its affairs that its liniversitv nftntinnoo linnx ? j wt Muni a uuiiif oant.ly Christian character in the personnel (f its instructors and fn their professional service. Presbyterians, as a rule, are not obtrusive nor boastful, but we have not failed to observe bow frequently it comes to pass UH1/. /jW UltJUttA-TIB, ATLANTA, MAY 5, 1 Jttal jgoteg anb Con that when great occasions find great men, the men turn out to he Presbyterians. WE sometimes hear of "giving until it hurts," but there is such a thing as giving until it heals and gladdens. A striking story of the joy of giving comes from the publishing house of the American Bible Society. East year the lepers of Chiengmai, Siam, sent a contribution to the Society. Early in the year these lepers had contributed 3,300 portions of the Scriptures for general distribution, and 1 of n>? cnnf f ?fn nooU aflfnfirro o ?vi Aiinf ir?r? 4 a ?U tv& V VUOlt V/ ??V> * UlUV/ltUttlJ^ tv over twenty-five rupees as their Christmas gift. It was a most impressive evidence of their gratitude for the blessings of the gospel of Christ. The letter which follows is their beautiful testimonial: "We, the elders and members of the leper church of Chiengmai, disciples of the Lord Jesus, with one mind and heart have great gladness in sending our small ofl'ering to the American llible Society. And we beg that our gift of twenty-five rupees f$8.09) may be graciously received by you and used for the distribution of the Holy Scrip tures. To have a share in this good work will give us very great happiness. (Signed) Elders l:eang, Toon, Gnok." Here is an object lesson for many in our favored land of Christian light, peace and plenty. Many there may he who are tempted to give grudgingly to the extension of our Lord'8 kingdom, rather cherish the assurance that "God loveth a cheerful giver." One of the highest privileges of our earthly life is that of earning and using money in spiritual service. Tt is in this < ??. neetion that Paul says, "And God is able 1o make all grace abound.unto you." OF ALL the possible issues of the war one of the most interesting and significant is its effect on Jewish history and destiny. The daily press has made this a subject of prominent and repeated comment. Before Turkey became involved it was estimated that there were more than half a million Jews in the armies of Europe. In Palestine and other Asiatic provinces under Turkish dominion many Jews have been subject to conscription. The war zone between the Russians and the Germans and Austrians has included, mainly, Poland in Russia and Galicia in Austria, both being regions occuDied vcrv larcelv l?v Jewish populations. Their destitution and other forms of suffering have become appalling. Mr. Philip Siderski writes interestingly in "The Christian Workers Magazine" on "Israel Among the Nations and the Present War." He quotes a statement from the Russian capital to the effect that a quarter of a million Jews are with the Russian forces, and that it is the largest Jewish army ever gathered since i-^eceivuTn <u,: western Presbyter/a/A ml Presbyter/an c the/fn Presbyter/an 915. No. 17 nment the fall of Jerusalem. It is regarded as a striking coincidence that the war was declared on the day in the Hebrew calendar which commemorates the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Truly, the "chosen people," so long persecuted and yet so won uui^uiij jjicou >cu auiuiig nit: nuiiuiis, are suii'ering more than a full share of the tragedy of war. Yet they are believed to be Hearing a new and long expected era. All the governments involved have pledged to them, since hostilities began, larger liberties and a more crpnorAiig rscognition oi" thsir citiz6!iship slh vl race and as individuals. Sir Edward Gray has given assurance to Israel Zangwill, a distinguished Semitic representative, that he would neglect no opportunity of encouraging the emancipation of the Russian Jews. Mr. Zangwill regards such assurances, including the solemn promise of political freedom made by P.7B I* MioVIAI O o AP ? HA. ! *- ,f aiavuuiuo uj. ivuaaia^ its a LliI'lllll^ j[)01IlL and "affording a solid political basis of hope" for his people. Orthodox Hebrews especially are expecting the speedy realization of national organic unity and independence. "The Jewish Daily News" had a recent article entitled, "The Jews Will Get Palestine," and the further specification that England, France and Russia will guarantee a Jewish state in Asia Minor. Sir Henry Johnson, a professional traveler and writer prophesies in the "Nine teenth Centu**y" that the three allied powers named will guarantee Jewish independence in its ancient home. Students of inspired prophecy find in present portents an intensified prompting to discern the signs of the times. THE very common and popular disparagement of "theology is very foolish, sometimes vicious, always unwise. As a rule, it shows how little those who indulge in it know what they say. Not one in ten of those who decry theology could tell you clearly ami intelligently what theology is. They would tell you, if pressed, of a something which their own imagination made or which the enemies of truth invented. The great majority of them are mere echoes of others. And, if they will but think, what can they find of evil in a systematic, scientific statement of related truths, a classified presentation of recognized facts? If there is anything wrong in this as of sacred truths, then there must he something wrong in such a statement or classification of secular or scientific truths." IF the disbelief in the integrity or truth of n liook of the Bible, especially one authenticated in its historicity and facts by Christ himself, is simply an error of the head and very pardonable, what sure guide has any soul in avoiding errors ef both head and heart.