Religion: Godless Gotterdammerung

When they got news of the atomic bomb, most intelligent men were filled with awe. Yet the most portentous news since that date has been the abundant evidence that mankind in general remains insufficiently aware of his predicament. There has been much talk about how to get the new monster into an unbreakable cage—and few admissions that the real monster is the human race:

¶ In one Gallup poll, 85% approved the use of the bomb against Japanese cities; and of the 49% who were against using poison gas, most explained that this was through their fear of retaliation—a possibility which,...

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