"...his plays have been, as it were, haunted by an underlying belief in the supernatural, and long ago his friend and enemy, G.K. Chesterton, pronounced him a Puritan."
Click here to read various witty remarks by George Bernard Shaw.
After the slaughter of the First World War, the Christian Churches were under heavy scrutiny for essentially serving as "enablers" in each of the individual combatant nations - failing utterly to bring an end to the violence. In their monthly collaboration, "Repition Generale", George Jean Nathan (1882 - 1958) and H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956) launched a broadside at the Christian Bishops for their elite, "bullet-proof" status in the world.
In 1900 people wanted to know why men didn't like going to church...
Assorted reasons were put forth in the attached article from 1900 as to why the Christian male prefers to remove himself from the pews every Sunday; here is one:
"If we consider the minister, and his power in the pulpit, sincerity must be at the heart of all that comes from him. Men are drawn by earnestness and honesty, and frankness, more than by beauty and the fragrance of flowers. Truth is what man wants, not the straining after effect, which results in verboseness, for he will come only to hear the unvarnished truth, red-hot from a courageous heart."
Click here to read a 1929 article on the same exact topic.
The attached James Poling (1907 - 1976) article, "Small Church, Big People" succinctly explains what the Unitarian Universalist religion is and what they believe; how are they different from other protestants and what is the origin of the faith.
"In general, Unitarians are highly rational religious liberals who believe in the ethical principles of Jesus while refusing to 'make a God ' of the great Galilean... They think of the Bible not as the revealed Word, but as the single most important volume in the long story of man's religious development. Some Unitarians believe in immortality, others don't. But all agree that the best preparation for whatever the future holds is to live a Christian life here and now."
An article which discusses the growing number of state legislatures given the task to vote up or down on the issue as to whether or not to allow the Darwin theory of evolution to stand as a legitimate topic for discussion and instruction in their respective school systems. Mentioned in the article was one of the major players leading the charge on behalf of creationism: William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925).
Three years following the publication of this magazine article, Bryan would be standing in defense of Christian faith during the famous Tennessee Scopes Trial.
Recognizing that simply because he had retired from the ministry, it did not mean that he had retired from spreading the Good News; Reverend J.J.D. Hall immediately began to deliver a sermon with each and every wrong number he received. That was in 1940 - three years later his telephone number was recognized as an institution and a reliable source for those thirsting for knowledge of The Almighty.