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Was Sheean’s Article Anti-Christian?

The Editors November 15 1948
MAILBAG

Was Sheean’s Article Anti-Christian?

The Editors November 15 1948

Was Sheean’s Article Anti-Christian?

MAILBAG

Cave Men Colorists

In the course of Mr. Bodsworth’s article on color blindness (Oct. 1) he advances the theory that color perception is a very recent acquisition . . . that it may not have been acute as recently as 3,000 years ago. I am afraid there is not a shred of evidence to support this view . . . There exist today marvelous paintings in vivid colors of the ancient Egyptians of 3000 B.C. while an even bolder and freer fancy is exhibited by the Minoan frescoes at Knossos, causing their first discoverers to exclaim: “Why, these are Persian dames.” ... A mercantile empire was built up by the Phoenicians on a staple dye—the Tyrian purple. Very early in the Bible we have the well-known story of Joseph’s “coat of many colors” ... In South Africa, France and Spain, rock paintings have been discovered that reach back to early man— paleolithic times. These . . . are not only marvelously lifelike . . . but show all the primary colors and frequently blend and shade them.

In later days the Romans . . . would be considered color mad by today’s sober standards ... In all other respects, Mr. Bodsworth’s article was extremely interesting.—J. P. Thornton, Victoria, B.C.

Finding a Faith

The Oct. 1 issue has an arresting article by Vincent Sheean, entitled “We Must Find a Faith—or Perish.” While agreeing with a lot of Mr. Sheean’s remarks, I most heartily disagree with some of them. May I suggest that there is a difference between true Christianity and religion. What the world wants is the former. All religions are more or less impregnated with paganism . . . are tainted with compromises that have been made with paganism, politics and the devil. — G. E. Wood, Ottawa.

• I can hardly find words to express my surprise to find the article was written expressing such admiration and almost worship of a man who said shortly before his death “that he expected to reach heaven hanging onto the tail of a cow! ! ! !” Are we not ... a Christian country? ... I had thought Maclean’s was a periodical one could safely bring into one’s home and that its young people could safely read. Now' I am not sure about this.—G. MacLean, Kamloops, B.C.

• It is sincerely to be hoped that Maclean’s will continue to publish

articles such as “We Must Find a Faith—or Perish.” The subheadline, however, “The World Needs a Religious Revival . . .” is hardly appropriate . . . Revivals are, almost invariably, characterized by emotional hysteria . . . Materialism is, indeed, rampant and to take one suffering from this illusion to church is a waste of time. The approach should be through philosophy and many outstanding thinkers have expressed the view that Hindu philosophy is “as sun to spark” in comparison with others.—C. A. L. Payne, Mayne Island, B.C.

This Answer Your Question?

In your interesting article “Know' Your Newfoundland” (Oct. 1), you tell us the area of this island . . . that it was discovered on June 24, 1497, that the final tumble of Grand Falls is 302 feet and so on, with great precision. Now that w'e have all these details firmly fixed in our minds could you tell us how many people live in Newfoundland?—L. H. Taylor, North Vancouver.

Population: 320,000. Source: “NewFound Province" by Eva-Lis Wuorio, companion article to “Know Your NewfoundlandMaclean's, Oct. 1.—The Editors.

Boosters—Even in B. C.

It would be hard to improve on the “Harvest Supper” cover of Maclean’s for Oct. 15, accenting as it does the Thanksgiving season so well celebrated in both churches and home.—Mrs. Mary Bartlett, Ridgetown, Ont.

• Don’t let Robert McGregor (Mailbag, Oct. 15) let you think that because one person is not content with your covers that everyone in B. C. feels the same way. 1 am also 15 and feel the same way as R. McGregor does about Maclean’s. It is a magazine Canadians can be proud of.—Daphne Venables, New Westminster, B.C.

From a Father

In your Oct. 1 issue you have a story, “This is a Prostitute,” by Gwenyth Barrington. Just what purpose do you serve by this story? We are regular subscribers to this magazine and as the father of a growing family I intend to select the reading material that comes into my house. If you are going to call this Canada’s National Magazine why are you not more circumspect in your choice of stories? —Norman H. Macdonald, Guelph, Ont.

Any More Supporters?

I would like to thank and congratulate your magazine and Arthur Lower for his fine article (“What This Country Needs Is 10 New' Provinces,” Oct. 15). He has one of the best ideas for Canadian government I have seen in a long time. I fear, though, w'e are too full of history to make any change. Are there many supporters? Can it he put up tQ

parliament? In my mind it should be •arried through.—Kenneth Shindler, Montreal.

• Why in the world do you allow Lower to defame our Canada? . . . Canada lias made great improvements in the last 50 years and will improve more in the next . . . I’ve lived in Ontario and B. C. in the last 40 years and just leave each of them alone . . . —C. A. Hughes, Vancouver.

Amazing New Discovery

Free-lance photography and writing earn me my daily bread so I am always looking for new ideas and methods. As usual, Maclean’s is forerunner in photography’s most startling development (see illustration for “Palace of ■Iweets,” Sept. 15) . . . Was not too surprised to note that the cameraman uad his flash gun upside down, nor was 1 particularly intrigued by the fact he is sighting the camera through the range finder (obviously he could not be focusing the camera because both hands ire in view and the caption says a flash bulb went off). The surprising thing is: one hand holds the camera; the uther hand is on the base of the flash ^un. How then did he figure it? I suggest your artist take time out and examine a press camera sometime. But it was a good story and a good illustration.—C. H. Camidge, Feature News and Photo Service, Guelph, Ont.

Oscar, the artist, has obligingly redrawn the photographer (see cut) who is still stubbornly sighting through the range tinder.—The Editors.

rhirteen Times Lucky

Some time ago I saw a writeup in he magazine about a Mr. Trent Frayne. It stated that Mr. Frayne was born on the 13th of the month, married un the 13th and celebrated a birthday un Friday the 13th. 1 was born on

the 13th, married on the 13th and celebrated a birthday on Friday the 13th of this year. Now up to this stage we are on equal standing. But I see . . . that Mr. Frayne has just two children. Here is where I am some what in the lead; including my wife and myself there are 13 in our family . . . Mr. Frayne may equal my record yet.—R. H. Clarke, Peterborough, Ont.

The Climate of the Village

I have read with a great interest your irticle “The Village on the River” (by Eva-Lis Wuorio, Sept 1). You lave been able to condense into a few pages the calm and, I must say, somewhat lazy life of my district. You have ulso painted several little pictures of

our people which have the delicacy of a miniature and are amazingly truthful . . . Above all, you have understood the “climate” of my village, something which is always a little difficult.—H. Eugene Bernard, Notary, Lotbinière.

Sounds Like Horse Sense

Re the saddle used by Lady Godiva (Quiz: “Meet the Ladies,” May 15). She rode naked, so no saddle. Just a “bareback” rider. Thanks for a good

No Tea for Tabby

I saw a ghost cat (Maclean’s, Oct. 1) camping one summer with friends near Bamfield Creek on the Alberni Canal. My brother and 1 had just reached t he cabin after returning through the deep forest . . . Suddenly there was a cry like that of a child outside and on looking out, we saw Mr. Cougar going back up the trail feeling sorry for himself that he couldn’t come in and have tea with us.—G. H. C., Toronto.

Bus to Alaska

“Let’s Drive to Alaska” (Aug. 1 ) is a dandy. If you could publish a map of the road starting at Edmonton . . . marking the interesting places . . .

I think it would be a seller . . . Any passenger buses on the road?—Joseph Stibite, Fawcett, Alta.

British Yukon Navigation and O' Hara bus lines both operate passenger buses on the road. University Bus Lines operates on the Alaska side.

The Editors