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Messages of the Men
and Religion Movement

Complete in Seven Volumes; including the Revised Reports
of the Commissions presented at the Congress of Men
and Religion Forward Morement, April, 1912, together
with the Principal Addresses Delivered at the Congress

VOLUME I

Congress Addresses

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COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OP
YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS

THE CHRISTIAN CONSERVATION CON

GRESS

WILLIAM T. ELLIS If anything was needed to impart a deep note of seriousness to the Christian Conservation Congress of the Men and Religion Forward Movement, which met in Carnegie Hall, New York, April 19-24, the Titanic disaster would have supplied it. The solemnity which all the world felt because of this tragedy was intensified for the delegates to the Congress by the consciousness that in their representative capacity they were concerned with the affairs of two worlds; the social order that now is, and the life beyond, which stalks so close to the life that now is. In this spirit it was inevitable that the great issues of humanity and eternity should be faced.

There was an oft-expressed and all-pervading sense that the present is a time of crisis in this western world, and indeed throughout the whole earth. The industrial and commercial, the social and political and religious problems that teem in our day were driven home one after the other to the delegates, but always with the assurance that the last word for their solution remains with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Congress was a gathering of statesmen. The quality was higher even than the enthusiastic friends of the Congress had expected. Most of

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