After a total sus ension of news from Russia lasting between twenty-four and forty-eight , hours, news reached England of the Revolution and the abdication of the Tsar. I remember going to my club and witnessing the enthusiasm of the members : “Have you heard the glorious news from Russia?” My suggestion that it was a great disaster was received with pitying incredulity, and for months afterwards’ the censorship imposed upon the Press the obligation of “writing up” the Revolution. Three months later, in a’postcript to Birkbeck and the Russian Church (S.P.C.K., 1917), I attempted to appraise the effect on the Church of the great change in its position. But neither I nor any other individual’ at that time could foresee the extent of the catastrophe or could believe that it presaged the most ferocious attack upon Christianity that the world has ever seen.

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