Signs of the Times

[From the New York Times, New York]

The rock hewn from the hill in Athens where St. Paul preached to an inquiring multitude has carried across the sea to one of the hills of our acropolis a message especially pertinent at this moment: And He made of one blood all the nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons and the bounds of their habitation.

Certain of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were among the inquirers and disputants. Epictetus, the Roman Stoic, was later to give utterance to the same doctrine of world unity: "He, then, who has observed with intelligence the administration of the world and has learned that the greatest and supreme and the most comprehensive community is that which is composed of men and God ... why should not such a man call himself a citizen of the world?"

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October 14, 1933

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