The Logic Of The Entente Cordiale -- By: Francis Howe Johnson

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 074:296 (Oct 1917)
Article: The Logic Of The Entente Cordiale
Author: Francis Howe Johnson


The Logic Of The Entente Cordiale

Francis Howe Johnson

When the last trench has been dug and the last gun fired, when the U-boats cease from troubling, and attention is turned from counsels of destruction to those of restoration, will the Entente nations find themselves in possession of any definite policy for the shaping of their future? or, are they doomed to a succession of events similar to that which, through the last hundred years, conducted Europe, step by step, from the Congress of Vienna to the disruption of 1914? To put it in another way, Are we, the People, whose battles are now in progress, so setting our house in order that we shall enter the period of reconstruction with a well-considered plan, or are we simply “drifting”? — becoming ever a little more bewildered as we approach the most critical period of all?

I.

Both sides of this antithesis are represented in current thought. There are those who, either from a pessimistic habit of mind or from sheer discouragement, persistently shut their eyes on what they declare to be a hopeless outlook; and, on the other hand, there are those who think they see something better in the future, — something that may legitimately

inspire hope, and give us, at least, an object to live for. There is a widespread conviction, a mingling of feeling and belief, that radical changes are awaiting us as the outcome of this war, that the international relations of society are to be made over, and that the several states of the world hitherto antagonizing each other will, by some means, be brought into more vital cooperation.

This general idea has been shadowed forth or explicitly stated in a great variety of ways; — tentatively in The Hague Conferences, theoretically in the different associations for the promotion of peace and world order. It can hardly be called a policy, it is too indefinite; and, as an ideal, it stirs men neither by its novelty nor by its promise of easy realization, — “A parliament of man, a federation of the world”! It has an antiquated sound. It has long reposed in the curiosity shop of things once cherished and lovingly stored, and it is now recalled only in default of anything else that can meet the emergency.

What, then, do we get out of this consensus? Not indeed a proof, but the establishment of a claim to attention, and a presumption. It indicates that experience, the logic of events, converges, in the mentality of many thoughtful men, to practically the same issue. And, if we interrogate this issue from the world-process point of view, it is abundantly indorsed.

Everything points to it as the next great advance in orthogenic evolution....

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