Signs of the Times

The Listener

Dr. W. A. Visser't Hooft
former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
in The Listener
London, England

Our generation is giving more thought and energy to the exploration of the future than any previous generation. The reasons are obvious.... We are confronted with such overwhelming problems of population, of feeding the multitudes, of urbanization, of automation, of avoiding nuclear war, that we cannot afford to let the future take care of itself.

It seems to me that it is at this point that Christians have to make their greatest contribution to the modern world. They know something about man that is absolutely essential for the life of mankind, not because they are better students of the sciences about man, but because they are in touch with a source of deep knowledge about man—better still, because they know one of whom it was not accidentally said: "Ecce Homo— behold man."

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April 27, 1968

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