It is often said that the decline of religion is caused by this very medium — the pain and evil shown here daily viscerally persuades us that the spiritual view is impossible.
When we add that scientific naturalism makes God inconceivable, and the critical attitude to Scripture much diminishes its witness, and then conclude with the family’s decline internally, and the gigantic upset in the world weather externally, we see somewhat how deep the dark is here.
To this I answer what Stevenson sad at Eleanor Roosevelt’s grave: “She chose not to curse the dark but light a candle.”
When I was in the Army, they showed is on a dark ridge that a match lit six miles away flashed clear as day, and thus we see just how far this moral light does carry each blessed time.
In deeds like that we can then look up and see how brilliant are the shining stars.