Signs of the Times

Maj. Gen. John B. Medaris in an address printed in The Atlanta [Georgia] Journal

There is real danger that the intellectual excitement aroused by the imminence of space exploration, and the almost limitless energies available through nuclear reaction, may intoxicate men to such a degree that they might forget the blunt alternatives—either they act in accordance with Divine guidance or they invite destruction. . . . Neither scientific enlightenment nor technological achievements, of whatever magnitude, will of themselves establish a more stable peace. Nor can man, by the exercise of his own powers, raise himself from the earth to the stars. He must turn to God. . . .

There is a reaching out for God apparent in many regions, a searching for the kind of message Isaiah gave his troubled nation : "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

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February 14, 1959

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