29 MARCH 1940, Page 26

THE Master of Balliol asks a question as old as

any question in Christendom—what is to be the attitude of the Christian pledged to a higher morality towards a world where a lower standard of morality prevails? What, in other words, does it mean to be in the world but not of it, and yet not aloof from it? It may be doubtful whether the question has ever been better answered, at any rate in so short a space. Very briefly, the answer is that a civilised society must have rules, which cannot go far beyond the standards which the average man accepts, but that within the framework of those rules the Christian must live by quite other standards and be striving always to raise the general standards of society. As in everything he writes, Dr. Lindsay most admirably blends the philosophical with the practical.