That I should devote a page of Current Religious Thought to the subject of traffic needs explanation, and the fact that it needs explanation needs explanation. In the first place, my devoting the page to this subject needs explanation, so I feel, because the matter seems to be neither especially current, especially religious, or especially of the nature of thought. That that explanation needs explanation is because traffic really is current, religious, and of the nature of thought; therefore, it is surprising that anyone should think it necessary to apologize for treating this subject under the heading of current religious thought. But I think that my attitude, which I am here criticizing, is rather common and therefore significant. If it is as common as I think that it is, then the shallowness of our thinking is revealed in our thinking that this subject is shallow.
To show how common this attitude actually is let me relate an experience. Not too long ago in the company of some learned men a moral issue—an obviously moral issue—was being discussed. One member of this company, in the context of discussing that particular moral issue, took occasion to appeal to an analogy in the area of behavior, or rather, misbehavior, on the highways. Immediately another member of this learned company protested the irrelevancy of the remark on the ground that the analogy had to do with traffic and that had nothing to do with morals.
The first topic that comes to mind is religion and speed. Can one conclude from the miles per hour that a driver is a Presbyterian, a Methodist, a Christian Scientist, a Romanist, or a pagan? Unfortunately, no. Alas for the vast majority, the Bible and speed limits have no relation to each other. There ...1
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