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Patchell, W. T. America's Spiritual Crisis Precipitated by the Great War Personal Experiences at the War Front and In the War Stricken Countries by The Rev. W. T. PATCHELL PLYMOUTH CHURCH December Fourth to Ninth December 4th 1. Introductory—The New and Spiritual France, Belgium, England, Italy and Serbia, As I Saw Their Heroism in the Midst of War: the Human Candle Lighted by the Spirit of God. December 5th 2. That England has been Regenerated and Infinitely Exalted by the Great War: The Sudden Revelation of the Creative, Regenerative Values of War, Despite Its Cruelty. December 6th 3. The Meaning of the Alliance: The Present War a Conflict between Creative Principles: The Renaissance of the Spirit by Way of War. December 7th 4. The Meaning of Germany: Germany's Enthronement of Force and the Nature Man. December 8th 5. The World Crisis: Will God and the Spirit be Victorious Over the Nature Man, Thus Ushering in a New Era for the Human Race? What Will Our Country Decide! Dr. Hillis will make a brief statement each evening, introducing his friend Dr. Patchell. At the conclusion of each address there will be an opportunity for questions. The public is invited. A special invitation is given to young men and women who are interested in what is perhaps the greatest problem now fronting thoughtful men. Extract from Dr. Patchell's New Book, THE CREATIVE VALUES OF WAR It is an astounding thing to observe and a startling thing to declare that in England today there is experienced infinitely more beauty and joy than before the war. There is more aliveness, more sensitiveness, more quivering expectancy, more spiritual firmness,—and dare one speak it—more peace, than was present a year ago. Life was very drab and dirty to millions of individuals a year ago. In London was a certain maggotty crawling of individuals as one sees them on a decaying carcass. It was difficult to determine if the upper classes who possessed wealth, leisure and intellectual resource, with a hard, bitter brilliance and skepticism, were not in a worse case than the maggotty masses who crawled around them. This war force, rising as a vast social control, this force which, directed to war, becomes destructive and terrible, in its rising, is the Love-force in man. England at war is nearer God than was England at peace. England at war is a holier people than was England at peace. England at war is transforming from low, sordid ends to a lofty adventure. Over the nation rushes a wind from heaven, and every brow is touched in consecration. War is terrible; war is frightful; war is destructive; war is chaos; war is death and hell. But the nation called to war becomes strangely beautiful and at least we are compelled to ask what this means. There can be no peace, no world peace, until in peace we live as now we live in times of war.
|Title||Rev. W.T. Patchell|
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|Personal Name Subject||Patchell, W.T.|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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