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The question of Christianity's efficacy in the modern world was discussed last night by the Reverend Samuel Miller, minister of the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, and Henry D. Alken '40, associate professor of Philosophy, in a debate which took place in Emerson D.

John A. Clardi, Briggs-Copeland Assistant Professor of English Composition, was moderator for the debate entitled, "Two Answers in an Age of Crisis." The forum was sponsored by the Harvard Appleton Club.

In a defense of traditional Christian doctrine, Miller declared that "Christianity is a realistic confrontation of man's crisis."

Aiken replied that we live not in an age of crisis, but in an era which is declining is some directions and rising in others. He added that the kind of philosophy needed in an age of this sort is one of day-to-day workability rather than of overall panaceas.

Christianity is hardly an escapist philosophy, Miller answered, but is a doctrine of "integration in the deepest sense.'

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