OREGON EUGENE, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 1909. No. 9 VOLUME 11 PREACHERS SAY NO RELIGION ON OREGON CAMPUS UNREGENERATE HEARTS ARE UNFIT TO TEACH GOD’S TRUTH Prof. Howie Assailed by Rev. H. N. Mount Because His Religion i lo Not Sanctioned by General Public. **• .> * * *5* •> <S* •> * ❖ The Emerald had a story on this subject ready to print last Satur- < day hut withheld it by request un til Mr. Mount had been heard. It is now no longer news and would not be worth noticing but for the fact that it has been so misrepresented in the daily press that many people have been de ceived as to the true facts. It is therefore treated as a news narra tive and written in the form of a historical review, giving an abso lutely fair and unbiased record of the whole affair. t A week ago last Friday, members of liis Ruskin class asked Professor Her bert Crombie Howe, head of the de partment of English Literature at the University of Oregon, to explain Christ's teaching as to the relation of God and man. Not wishing to discuss the mat ter in class, Professor Howe offered to examine the New Testament privately Monday afternoon with those who were interested. Rev. H. N. Mount of the first Presbyterian church attended the meeting for the avowed purpose of hearing the doctrines of Professor Howe at first hand. It is difficult to give any brief synop sis of tbe contents of the lecture as it simply took the form of a general dis cussion, but on one specific point there has been some misunderstanding. This was in regard to the atonement, whicn Professor Howe asked to be excused from discussing as he did not think it bore in any way on the controversy. But when Mr. Mount replied that he thought it was the crux of the whole matter, Professor Howe said that he must disagree. “The doctrine of the atonement,” said he, “presupposes that of original sin. That, in turn, supposes a savage con ception of God's character which is con trary to Christ’s teaching that God is our loving Father, infinitely more lov ing than any earthly father. All that original sin theology is a survival from the days when our ancestors were sav ages, apparently cannibals, and imagined their gods after their own bloodthirsty hearts. It is part of that eye-for-an-eye theory of justice which Christ tried to wipe out of the hearts of men. The idea that God could not forgive the remote descendants of Adam and Eve for the first sin of eating an apple, until he had been placated by the blood of his own son, is a hideously ogreish no tion, impossible to those who have ab sorbed the spirit of Christ’s teaching. However, the doctrine of the atonement is no part of our inquiry, and beyond this expression of my personal opinion, which 1 urge on no one, I decline to discuss the matter.” "Then you deny that Christ is our Saviour?" asked one of the girls. "By no means,” replied Professor ilowe. "Christ is the Saviour of the world, but it is in virtue of his life, not of his death.” After the lecture, Mr. Mount pro tested against continuing the inquiry, on the ground that unregenerate hearts can not fmd truth, lie stated that religious truth cannot be tested by reason, but must stand squarely on revelation. And he advised Professor Howe to tell stu dents who asked for explanations of the Bible to tell them that the truths of Christianity are none of his business. To this Professor Howe replied at the second lecture Friday afternoon that "Let there be light,” the first command in the Bible is the scholar’s command, and cannot be disregarded by any stu dent or teacher. He said that we must ..idecd stand on revelation, but that all truth is revelation, whether in the Bible or in Copernicus and Newton. “You may always say,” said he, "it is true, therefore it is revelation; but you can not reverse the order and say it is revelation, therefore it is true. For you cannot know whether it is revela tion until you know that it is true.” In the second meeting Professor Howe took up the question of Christ’s divinity and showed that the Bible meant that he was spiritually and not physically the Son of God. Particularly replying to this lecture and generally criticizing the right of Professor Howe to speak on the subject as he did, Rev. H. N. Mount bitterly assailed him in his sermon Sunday evening. The sermon was advertised in the lo cal papers as a “reply to the two lec tures of Professor Howe of the Uni versity, in wind' ’ ..enied the distinc tive divinity of Christ, His sinlessness, His resurrection and the Atonement.” Inasmuch as “resurrection” was at no time mentioned in the lectures referred to, the reference to it was unwarranted. Moreover, Professor Howe refused to discuss the atonement except as stated above, and without discussing sinless ness simply cited a verse from the Bible in which Christ objected to the applica tion to himself of the praise of sinless ness. The sermon itself was as unfair to Professor llowe as its title. In several cases he misquoted, but it is probable that they were unconscious mistakes. II is entire tone, however, was personal and so colored by suggestions as to prejudice his audience against the pro fessor. In fairness to Mr. Mount it must he admitted that he had reason to he somewhat irritated by mis-statements of his position coming from outsiders. In defining his position on Professor Howe’s right to discuss the subject Mr. Mount said, “I do not object to pro fessors holding unorthodox doctrines. Neither do ! object to religion being preached on the campus under the aus pices of some recognized philanthropic organization like the Y. M. C. A. What I object to is for a professor to invite himself to give lectures on the campus that are not in harmony with the great body of Christian people. Let Profes sor Howe obtain the sanction of any large philanthropic organization, and he can speak on any subject he chooses. The present matter would not be so serious but for the fact that Professor Howe is continually ridiculing the faith of his students in class.” The latter statement has not been sub ( Continued on last page.) OREGON PLAYS WILLAMETTE ON NEXT SATURDAY PRACTICE GAME TONIGHT WILL DECIDE MAKE UP OF TEAM Training Becomes More Severe as Season Advances—Squad is Overhauled. Tonight the University of Oregon football squad is working out against the Eugene 11 igh Sehool boys in a prac tice game. The showing the various men make will be an important factor in deciding who will make the Salem trip Saturday. Michael and Hickson are out of con dition and may not get into the Wil lamette game. Michael has a minor in jury and Hickson is far under weight. This will be a loss as both men have been showing up splendidly. Willamette has a fast heavy team this year and while they are comparatively new to the game the Methodists always play their best against Oregon. This year they average close onto 165. While the team expects to win of course, it will probably be by no overwhelming score and above all they will he on their guard against a recurrence of last year’s Whitworth game. Manager Goodman will start Friday evening with the team for Salem and catch the evening train out Saturday night so the men will not miss much regular practice. Training has been severe and Trainer Hayward means business as is shown by the squad losing another man for violation of training rules. Freshman Kay tarried too long at a party last Saturday and it came to Hayward’s ears. Kay was showing up well at quarter and seemed to have all the ear marks of a thorough player. Ben Chan dler is also out of the game, though probably but temporarily. Captain Clarke has been playing quar ter the past week and becoming fairly efficient in the position. Oliver 1 luston has been shift'd to end. The training table has been systemi/.cd and George Sullivan added to the hunch. Sunday morning the fellows were routed out and at 9:30 started on a hike to Springfield. Signal practice and blackboard work has been instituted from 7 to 8 four evenings in the week. The men are drilled on the line points of the game and the talks illustrated by diagrams on the board. Signal practice is also held on the gym lloor. BASKET BALL MAY BE REVIVED AGAIN At the basket ball meeting this after noon general plans for the year were discussed but definite action was left un til a better organization could be per fected at a later date. It was also agreed to allow the freshmen and soph omores to practice in the gym. from 3 to 4 and the juniors and seniors from 4 to 5 every afternoon. PRESIDENT CAMPBELL SPEAKS AT ASSEMBLY y I he lecture delivered in Student As sembly this morning, by President P. L. Campbell, dealt with the subject of prac tical arrangement of a student’s course in university work to insure the maxi mum of effectiveness in results. He showed that the three main benefits de rived from a university education are the ability to plan ahead, to conserve time, and to endure sustained effort. It is therefore, to the interest of every student to arrange his or her course so that it shall tend, in the greatest de gree possible, toward developing these three abilities. His studies must ac cordingly be so planned that every hour may become productive of the greatest amount of work possible to it. Showing further that periods of men tal effectiveness follow a rythmic move ment of alternate stress and relaxation, Mr. Campbell brought forward the prac tical suggestion that students make an effort to arrange their schedule of stu dies with that fact in view. Thus the periods of ineffectiveness should not be burdened with a weight of work greater than can be satisfactorily handled, while the burden may safely be increased for the periods of high efficiency for mental achievement. At the opening of the assembly Miss Ethel Evans gave an instrumental se lection, Chopin’s Polonaise, which was received with applause. SERIES OF “STRICTLY GIRL” PARTIES BEGUN The Co-ed dance in the gymnasium Saturday night is intended to be the first of a series of “strictly girl” par ties that are scheduled for the coming year as a means of getting the girls better acquainted. So well were they pleased with their first success that they have decided to make such parties regu lar affairs in the future. All are unan imous in their desire to see them con tinued. Saturday night’s affair was declared by tbe girls to beat ordinary dances com pletely', though the absence of specta tors renders independent judgment im possible. Beginning with the grand march at 7:40, uninterrupted fun lasted till almost eleven before the girls dis persed. The only disappointment they' report is that three dances had to be left out for lack of time. Music was furnished by the Univer sity Mandolin Club; its members being the only atom of masculinity present, 'fbe gentlemen escorts did not seem to be missed as the girls who filled their places excelled anything ever before at tempted in the way of gallantry. But it is reported that assistance was gracious ly accepted on the way home. Invitations are out for a Hallowe’en party to be given at Miss Maude Beal’s home on East Thirteenth street. This is the first of a series of affairs to be given during the winter by some local girls under the name of “Entre Nous.” The Gamma Delta Gamma girls en teartained with a dinner party after the Girls’ Dance, Saturday night. The guests were the partners that the Soror ity members escorted to the dance. ACACIA TO BE INSTALLED AT l. OL 0. LRIDAY LOCAL MASONS GET CHAR TER FROM COLLEGE FRATERNITY Organization Contains Many of the Prominent Men on Faculty and in Alumni. I lie installation of a Chapter of the Acacia Fraternity in the University of ()regon will take place Thursday even ing, October 28. The Acacia Fraternity was first organized in the ^University of Michigan in 1897. Since that time it has been opened to the principal Universi ties of the (J. S. having chapters in the Universities of Michigan, Stanford, Kansas, Nebraska, California, Ohio, Harvard, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minne sota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Cornell, Pur due, Chicago, Yale, and Iowa. The chapter will be installed by J. F. Pullen (Grand Vice President), assisted by two members from the University of California chapter, and two members from Stanford University chapter. The local Masonic Club was organized three years ago and contains many prominent members of the faculty as well as students and alumni. The char ter was granted to this club in June, 1909, and the boys have taken up their abode in a recently purchased home at the corner of 9th and llillyard streets. I he charter members to be installed arc as follows: Members of the Faculty—J. F. Bovard, Prof. 15. J. Hawthorne, Dr. H. i5. Leonard, Prof. John Straub, Dr. Frederick G. Young, Prof. Frink, and Prof. Frederick S. Dunn. Alumni—Lorid Loridson, L. R. Al derman, Prof. F. S. Dunn, Judge E. O. Potter, Darwin E. Buston, Prof. A. W. Lowe, Paul Bond, James Cunning, Floyd Booth, Webster Kincaid, S. S. Spencer, Bert Prescott, A. R. Tiffany, L. M. 'Eravis, and Ray Zacharias. Students—Chanccy Cumming, TO; Barey Estham, TO; Ormond Rankin, TO; Zeno Riddell, TO; Francis Curtis, 'll ; F. E. Dun ton, ’ll ; James Odell, ’ll; Philip Brownell, T2; David McDaniells, '12; C. A. Osterholm, T2; Ernest Smith, T2; Fred Strand, T2; Calvin Welsh, T2. This fraternity differs from other col lege organizations in that it is a Hebrew letter fraternity instead of a Greek. Members of this organization must be Masons, but .being a Mason does not make one a member. CALENDAR Wednesday, October 27— Eutaxian Society, 7 p. m„ Library. Meeting for organization of Free Religion Association, 7 p. in., I )eady 1 fall. Friday, October 29— Meeting Committee on Oratory and Debate, Vallard, 4 p. m. Y. M. C. A., 7 p. m„ McClure Hall. Saturday, October 30— Laurean Society, 7 p. in., Deady Hall.