Christian Faith and Economic Change

Christian Faith and Economic Change

Christian Faith and Economic Change

Christian Faith and Economic Change

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A MUCH-USED and reliable device of fantastic fiction has been to give the hero of the tale a magical blow on the head which projects him into the midst of some distant century. Turning the calendar upside down always offers allurement to the imagination. Mark Twain catapulted his Connecticut Yankee across ten centuries to land breathless in King Arthur's Court. H. G. Wells has been a man of mighty blows; he has knocked both his heroes and the calendar into a cocked hat. In his Men Like Gods he runs an automobile against a convenient tree, and the resulting concussion of the brain lands the victim into the F dimension, three thousand years ahead. In The Time Machine he disdains so small a jump and tosses a man eight hundred thousand years ahead. The scheme works equally well in reverse, as in Upton Sinclair Roman Holiday , in which a well-arranged smashup takes an American business magnate back into the days of the Roman emperors (among whom, incidentally, he found himself quite at home).

If only the fantasy could be moved over into the realm of reality! For among the many boons which the world needs is the invention of some kind of a . . .

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