In its November 24, 1961, issue, CHRISTIANITY TODAYpublished an interview with Dr. Charles H. Malik, an Orthodox layman and former president of the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Malik addressed himself to some of the great issues in the world today, and did so in a Christian context that recognized political realities. Here are excerpts of the interview, conducted by Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, then editor ofCHRISTIANITY TODAY:

Question. World history in our generation seems to be running on a Communist timetable. Do you see any outward signs, like those that once marked the decline of the Roman Empire, to suggest that the Communist thrust has passed its zenith?

Answer. I don’t think so. I think we can expect it to register further gains. The question obviously takes one into the realm of sheer conjecture and prophecy, and I disclaim any prophetic powers. But I can only say realistically that the Communists are still very vigorous, and the rest of the world is relatively rather weak.

Q. What are the symptoms of the free world’s deterioration? Do you think it is now too late to avert the final decline of the West?

A. Certainly it’s not too late. It’s never too late, given the freedom of man and given the grace of God. But symptoms of deterioration in the Western world are very evident. First and foremost is the lack of unity among the various components of the Western world. The statesmen congratulate themselves over that lack of unity, on the ground of their freedom and equal partnership. All this is fine—but what is the use if one keeps on losing?… One aspect of Western lack of unity is the nationalism which is eating and corroding the life of the Western world. They have NATO, true, but they squabble.… To this squabbling ...

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