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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pieper on Edison (and John 3:16)

In the 1928 issue of Lehre und Wehre (vol. 74, pg 62), Pieper commented on the buzz about Thomas Edison:
A sort of encyclical has our Thomas Edison also issued on the occasion of his 81st birthday by the newspaper reporters. He has again made ​​known that his goal in life is the abolition of superstition. He understands by superstition, however, not the many existing real superstitions, but the Christian religion. Even greater spirits than Edison have suffered from a similar internal presumption. Yet they were cured of it if they recognized themselves before their end of life through God's grace what they really are before God, namely condemned sinners by God's holy and immutable law of eternal damnation, and under the terrores conscientiae by the action of the Holy Spirit still learned to believe in the gospel that the Savior of the world proclaimed by these words:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
This Gospel has the Savior of the world from great love added yet the urgency clause
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)
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Thomas Edison's reliance on "science" to explain matters beyond human understanding is quite in vogue today.  I could put people like Adam Savage, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Jobs – people who have brilliant minds in true science, yet consider man's science able to explain the inscrutable.

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