Is anybody listening?

"These days are of great and widespread spiritual inefficiency and uncertainty ... multitudes are spiritually homeless. Not only are they churchless; they are adrift ... we have heard in the present day the prophets of materialism loudly proclaiming the failure of their own systems ... yes indeed the irreligious concepts of life are bound to go bankrupt, for it is easier to build a castle in the air than to construct a society without a spititual dimension."

Are you listening, Mr Cameron ... anybody? Me? You?

These are extracts from a speech c.1938 delivered in the Hollywood Bowl to 60,000 people by Albert Orsborn, General of the Salvation Army, one of its finest writers and orators. Albert Orsborn was my maternal grandfather.

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