Religion: Hero v. Sinner

In large sections of the non-Christian world, suicide was and is often accounted an honorable act. Christianity, which believes that every human life belongs to its Creator, has always regarded suicide as a sin. The so-called Christian world of today, sadly confused on matters of life & death, gives lip-service to Christian belief but takes its hat off and stands to attention before a deed of pagan virtue. This confusion was well illustrated last week by Unitarian Minister A. Powell Davies of Washington, D.C., who hailed Jan Masaryk's self-destruction as a hero's act. Wrote he, in the Christian Register: "There was...

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