“If that isn’t exactly like Americans: they bring us to one of our own 900-year-old castles and involve us in something so futuristic that it seems like science fiction.” So remarked a German pastor at Schloss Mittersill, near Salzburg, Austria, during the three-day All-Europe Conference on Computer Technique for Theological Research (September 16–18), which brought together thirty-five stellar European theologians and Christian leaders to discuss the establishment of an international computer network to aid the Church’s apologetic task. The sponsoring organization was the Christian Research Institute of Wayne, New Jersey, which is at work activating the network in the United States and on the European continent. Walter R. Martin, the institute’s general director and a renowned authority on contemporary cults, flew to Mittersill for the conference, as did the undersigned, who is serving as executive director for CRI’s European operations.

Present at the fairy-tale castle in the Austrian alps—which inevitably reminds one of The Sound of Music and regularly resounds with hymnody now that it is owned by the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students—were such realistic persons as J. Levery, director of non-numerical research applications for Compagnie IBM France (Paris), and Monsieur Lellig, representing the Strasbourg agency of IBM. Strasbourg, the seat of the Council of Europe and the center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’s annual European Program at the University’s Protestant Theological Faculty, will serve as the site for the main European computer, containing the “apologetic memory” to which a network of “consoles” (terminal ...

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