Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Snturdoy, Match 55, 1972 Christian Churches Indian's plea? Ity RKV. DAVID I'OUNCV TN parly 1-YbnKiry, Vino Dcloria Jr., a Standing Rook Sioux aiir] aiiUinr ter Died for Cur ad- dressed opL'li letter to the heads of the Christum churclies In Americn, Distributed by flit) Fonim for Contemporary His- tory, it has published in the Los Angeles Times and other papers. It deserves an extensive audience and careful consideration. At (he start of his letter to the churches, Vine Dcloria Jr. suggests that the pastors may bo surprised lo receive this petition that rests so heavily in political affairs: the civil rights ot (he American Indian. Yet a quick survey of American his- tory reveals the close partner- ship between Christianity and the discovery of the New World. Whether it be Columbus with cross and flag or Puritans Bible and maps, the Christian origins of western civilization are clear and operative. And that is the heart of Mr. Delor- ia's ploa: "Thinking themselves jus- tified by the God they wor- shipped, the nations of Eur- ope- proceeded to subdue both the Jands and the peoples of the weslcip continents. They came to regard their actions as the inevitable result of the s re-acquaint people ivith the scriptures LESLIE K. TANK I TORONTO Most house- holds have a copy of the Bible, but for many it is still a closed book. The Canadian Bible So- ciety is attempting an ambi- tious program this year to re- acquaint people the scrip- tures, One of every five homes in this country receive a copy of one of (he gospels dLiving 1372 if the 'Million Gospel Campaign for Canada' realizes its objective. The intensive drive >vas announced this month by Dr. Kenneth G. McMillan, general secretary of the Cana- dian Bible Society. In expressing optimism about the outcome of the drive, Mc- Millan cites the popularity and phenom e n a 1 distribution of 'Good News For Modern which, in the six years since hs publication, has the all time best-selling paperback. More than 30 million copies of the contemporary translation of the New Testament have been sold. In addition, he points to the i renewal of interest in religion seen in the growth of the Jesus movement, increasing enrol- ment in religion courses in uni- versities, and reports of reli- gious revival in Can- ada. "Despite the fact that the Bible has been around for cen- he contends, "for too many it has become a closed book. We hope to change that with Uic Million Gospel Cam- paign." The Bible Society is offering to provide attractive copies of the gospels at cost to participat- ing churches and individuals. Both the popular News For Modern Man' translation and the familiar King James version be available. Is the objective too visionary? Not really, states McMillan. He points out that if five thou- sand churches each distributed 200 copies, the goal would bo reached "Many churches will easily exceed that he main- t a i n s. "One Newfoundland minister, on the day thai (he campaign was announced, indi- cated that his church would order a thousand A. 125-member Lutheran church in the sUite of Washing- ton distributed copies of 'Good News For Modern Man' one for every home in the country! The ambitious program re- flects the "now image" of an organization that has been around for more than 150 years, The Canadian Bible Society, however, shows nc> signs of sen- ility. Last year the Society distri- buted in Canada record number of Bibles and smaller scripture portions in 75 languages and gave nearly toward translation and distribution of the Bible overseas. That per- formance placed the Canadian agency fourth among the 50 Bible Societies which form the United Bible Societies, the world organization. 30-year-old 'Flying Pries f Youngest archdeacon? BRANTFORD, Ont.