Christianity in the World Today
Clothed in architecture of the next generation, the Brussels World’s Fair opens this week to display man’s greatest accomplishments. Within the 500 acres of “hanging roofs and walls” in Heysel Park is represented the utmost in human achievement. Theme of the first full-scale international exhibition of the nuclear era: “A declaration of faith in mankind’s ability to mold the atomic age to the ultimate advantage of all nations and peoples.”
Scientific advance sets the pattern of the fair, as symbolized by the already-famed Atomium which rises the equivalent of 30 stories above the ultra-modern roadway. For 25,000,000 fairgoers this model iron crystal magnified 150 billion times will likely be the feature they most remember, even if they are not whisked to the top-sphere restaurant by Europe’s fastest elevator or escalated between the displays of peaceful uses of atomic energy in the other spheres.
Situated in the shadow of this theme structure which speaks of technological mastery is an unimposing little building, pale blue trimmed in yellow, which represents world Protestantism. The Protestant Pavilion, in clean lines of brass, aluminum and glass, represents monumental determination, cooperation and foresight. Of the more than 200 buildings in the Brussels Fair, perhaps none represents such painstaking effort on the part of a comparative few.
All around, nations and organizations have tried to outdo each other. Superlatives will be in order during the next six months of the fair’s duration. The pace may well have been set by Baron Moens de Fernig, Belgium’s appointed commissioner general of the exhibition:
“Today, in countless areas of thought and action, human genius and creative vigor are ...1
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