“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being … This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God.”
Isaac Newton, Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist
“Did we know a friend or neighbor, who had a long journey of the utmost importance to make, and yet should stand all the day idle, neglecting to set out till the sun was about to go down, we could not but pity and condemn his egregious folly. And yet it is to be feared most men are just such fools; they have a long journey to take, nay, a journey to eternity, a journey of infinite importance, and of which they are obliged to dispatch before the sun of their natural life be gone down and yet they loiter away the time allotted to them to perform their journey in, till sickness or death surprises them; and then they cry out, ‘What shall we do to inherit eternal life?'”
George Whitefield The Collected Sermons of George Whitefield
“More than once I have tried to picture myself in the position of a boy or man with an honoured and distinguished ancestry which I could trace back through a period of hundreds of years, and who had not only inherited a name, but fortune and a proud family homestead; and yet I have sometimes had the feeling that if I had inherited these, and had been a member of a more popular race, I should have been inclined to yield to temptation of depending upon my ancestry and my colour to do that for me which I should do for myself. Years ago I resolved that because I had no ancestry myself I would leave a record of which my children would be proud, and which might encourage them to still higher effort.”
Booker T. Washington (1856 – 1915) Up From Slavery
One of the values of studying history is learning how people made some tough decisions. In this episode we look at how some people in France during World War II responded when they were ordered to turn over Jews to the Nazis.