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Bible Society contributor

FR. Thomas Corbishley, S.J., has become the first Catholic to contribute to "The Bible in the World", the journal of the British and Foreign Bible Society. making what the society calls "another step forward in co-operation between the society and the Roman Catholic Church".

Fr. Corbishley joins Malcolm Muggeridge, Professor Frederick Bruce and Phyllis Court in telling how they think of Christ in the Autumn number of "The Bible in the World". He writes that "All the compassion, all the striving after peace and justice in the world, all those humanitarian endeavours which are concerned with bettering the human lot —all this is underwritten for me and made even more significant because of my faith in Christ.

"Yet it has to be admitted by the honest Christian that, all too often. the profession of Christian belief, the 'following of Christ' has resulted in an impoverishment of human existence because of an illfounded notion that there is some sort of disjunction, and even conflict, between the claims of this world and the claims of Christ.

"At the same time, it is an impoverishment of the very inspirational value of Christ's example to reduce Christianity, as some tend to do, to the mere concern for man's thisworld interest and activities."

Christians and mass media

A GROUP of Christians working in mass media have launched a new organisation to help put across the Christian influence. Called Script, the Society for the Christian Religion in Publication and Transmission it will meet regularly in the music room of the journalists' church of St. Bride's, Fleet Street.

The group's chairman is Paul Burns, former managing director of Burns Oates, and the secretary is Elizabeth Russell, of Darton, Longman and Todd.

The meetings will be held in an informal atmosphere, but the organisers hope to make it into something more constructive than a talking shop of pious platitudes.

Mr. Burns says: "It aims to look fearlessly and openly at the society we live in and see in what ways Christians can help it and where they are missing out."

Script is the brainchild of a group of religious publishers who have been meeting annually at Spode House during the January Octave of prayer for Christian Unity and is seen as an expansion and not replacement of the yearly conference.

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