the Brains Trust there arc many who make the mistake of thinking that these learned gentlemen are more or less infallible, and that just because they speak with authority on one or more subjects, they necessarily speak with authority on all subjects. How deplorable then was the statement of one of these gentlemen (May 12) that many people are happier in giving up or having no belief in God. Yet Holy Scripture tells us that those who cannot by the light of unaided reason come to know God are inexcusable. (St. Paul Rom. 1, 20, Wisdom 13, 1-9). The foundation of our Christian belief is the existence of God, yet this so often seems to be taken for granted and we know thirty to thirty-five millions of our countrymen never go near a church and an incalculable number rarely if ever say a prayer, May we suggest to the A.B.C. a continued series of talks, simple and understandable to the man-in-the-street, on the Existence of God and on Elementary Apologetics? He must know God before he can love and serve Him. A Religious Brains Trust is also essential to spqk with authority on religious subjects. May we also suggest that men like load, Huxley and Co., who influence so many millions, are in urgent need of our prayers?
A Christian Representative slit,— Whilst fully endorsing D. Kavanagh's suggestion that a qualified Christian layman should be present at the Brains Trust if religious questions are to be dealt with, I think it important to distinguish carefully between the knowledge which can be acquired through our natural reasoning and that which only "revelation " can supply. The fact of God's existence is a truth which can be arrived at by the light of ration, and therefore one which the Brains Trust is competent to tackle, provided it makes itself acquainted with the classical arguments as put forward by St. Thom is Aquinas and the moral proof of conscience which is more convincing still.
To demonstrate then the existence of a Prime Mover, an Eternal Mind, a Supreme Moral Power outside man, needs no Christian exponent, but it is equally true that the attributes of a Personal God can only be affirmed by referring to Christ's teaching.
That is why believers as distinct from intellectuals are needed to deal with truths of this category.
In the very limited time allotted to answering questions, it is scarcely possible for the Brains Trust to do more than refer 'inquirers to standard works and authorised teachers. It is precisely here that care and discrimination are urgently needed, for religious questions in particular cannot be sent over a net like a tennis ball and expect an immediatc return in the form of an answer.
St. Maur, Weybridge, Surrey.