The Christian Ethic of War. P. T. Forsyth

Alfred Fawkes
1917 International Journal of Ethics  
BOOK REVIEWS. 399 the author of this book has mainly followed. With it as a clue, he steadily pursues his way towards the summit of his theme. He shows us that if we follow out faithfully the implications of the activities of reason in science, morality and so forth, none of these separate spheres is self-contained and self-subsistent. Each of them comes for the solution of its final problems to something above and beyond itself. And as we rise from the level of the lower to the level of the
more » ... her we are brought at last to the completion of them all in religion. Religion and God, these are the profound realities, the ultimate issues, to which The Spiritual Ascent of Man leads us. But this is not the end of the matter. For, as the author insists, religion is not merely knowing; it is also being. And since being for us men consists in activity, being necessarily means doing. To be sure, knowing is likewise doing. But the doing that is here in question is the doing that embraces the whole of our activities. For every side of our being a place must be found in religion; and any religion that refuses to recognise this is doomed to end in barrenness and failure. Some parts of the book are distinctly hard. We do not complain of this. Religion is worth all the pains we may take to understand and appreciate it. We whole-heartedly commend the book. It is throughout a pleading for those inner realities which because we can experience them are our greatest joy; and yet because our experience of them must be partial and fragmentary are, at the same time, not the least of our distresses. J. T. WALLEY. Bristol, England. THE CHRISTIAN ETHIC OF WAR.
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