October 14 2017 – Marconi 855 Radio – 1934-1938

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Marconi 855 – 1934-1938

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‘Views from The Joadian’ – Three Bridges to Amberley – Arun Valley Line [South Downs and River Arun]

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‘View from The Joadian’ – RWS Photography

Robert Blatchford [1851-1943] of Horsham

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Blatchford

“I am convinced that…they will be plunged into war without their will. I like Germany; I like German cities; and I like the German people. But I believe that the rulers of the German people are deliberately and cynically preparing to hurl them into a wicked and a desperate war of conquest…The Germans cannot prevent that war, because they do not believe it is coming. The British could prevent that war if, before it is too late, they could be really convinced that it is coming. That is why I want to convince them that war is coming, because I want to prevent that horrible war”

~ Robert Blatchford

Nonagenarians make special visit to Joad Exhibition in Arundel Museum

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Brian and June Plummer pictured here with Jane

Brian and June Plummer, from the village of Barby near Rugby, made a special visit to the Joad Exhibition in its final week – on Wednesday afternoon, April 19.

Brian, aged 92, is one of the few still alive who saw C.E.M. Joad ‘in action’ on a Brains Trust event in 1946. He read about the Exhibition in the Daily Mail and wanted to make a special visit.

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“Recovery of Belief – A Restatement of Christian Philosophy” by C.E.M. Joad [Faber & Faber 1952]

http://www.solasmagazine.com/matters-of-life-and-death.html

SOLAS MAGAZINE
By DAVID ROBERTSON
Welcome to the fifth issue of Solas, the magazine that continues to grow and develop! This month, we have the usual range of articles, from politics and ethics, to arts and culture. The main theme is on bioethics, which for some people, at first glance, might not seem all that important until you realise that it really is a matter of life and death.
Recently, I have been reading a fascinating old book by the atheist philosopher-turned-Christian, C.E.M Joad, The Recovery of Belief (published in 1952). He asserts that the “progressive” atheistic view of humanity results in an arrogance and hubris that will inevitably be self-destructive. “Having raised himself by dint of his own efforts from the level of the animals, he will probably continue to evolve into something greater than himself (Nietzsche, it will be remembered, was still praying of the Superman). Man, in fact, is the highest expression of the spirit of the universe, a spirit which will one day, if it has not done so y et, raise itself in and through his agency to the level of the divine. God, in fact, as Alexander suggested, is waiting to be evolved by man’s efforts. When he arrives, he will be man’s handiwork and man’s descendant.”

It has ever been thus.
It is a short road from the temptation of the devil in the garden – “you shall be as gods” – to the modern arrogance of a humanity which thinks we are the top of the evolutionary tree and can only get better.
Joad became a Christian after observing the inhumanity of humanity in World War Two. The horrors of that war were caused and facilitated by philosophies which believed in the inevitable progress of humanity, the bankruptcy of religion and the emergence of Superman. Another atheist philosopher, John Gray, cites Lewis Namier: “Hitler and the Third Reich were the gruesome and incongruous consummation of an age which, as none other, believed in progress and felt assured it was being achieved.”

After both World Wars, that turn-of-the-century confidence in the inevitable goodness and progression of humanity took a hit. But it appears that as we move on we forget our history and so seem doomed to repeat it. Christians are the ultimate humanists because we recognise that humanity without God becomes inhuman. As humans exchange the glory of the God in whose image we are made, for the lie that we shall be as gods, we end up as dehumanised animals.