Religion: A Head Start on Humanity

About ten miles from France's ultramodern atomic-energy center at Marcoule, and half a mile from the big Donzere-Mondragon electric power dam on the Rhone River, is a dilapidated farm that seems right out of the Middle Ages. The sprawling, tile-roofed stone house has neither hot water nor electricity. The men and women who inhabit it dress in monkish white costumes woven on their own looms, and advertise their faith by wearing wooden crosses on their breasts. They eat simple, vegetarian meals of food grown in the dry, sandy soil that they work with...

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