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August 1, 1963
Excerpts from transcription of remarks made
by officials of the Sermons from Science Pa-
vilion and the World's Fair at groundbreak-
ing ceremonies for the Sermons from Science
Pavilion at the New York World's Fair,
Thursday, August 1, 1963.
ROBERTO DE MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of Proto-
col] : Dr. Humphries, Mr. Stam, Mr. Hickman, Mr. Jen-
sen, General Potter, Mr. Beach, distinguished guests. We
are here this afternoon to witness an important ceremony
of great spiritual and scientific significance — the breaking
of ground for the Sermons from Science Pavilion.
Mr. George R. Hickman, vice chairman of the Com-
mittee for Sermons from Science at the New York World's
Fair, will now give the invocation.
MR. GEORGE R. HICKMAN: Let us pray. Our
Heavenly Father, we come humbly into Thy presence,
thanking Thee and praising Thee for the wondrous
things that Thou hast done so far, and looking ahead as
we break ground and start construction on this building
for this great event in our time. We look unto Thee for
COVER: The Sermons from Science Pavilion will contain a 500-seat theatre for science demonstrations and films;
earphones and a panel at each seat will enable foreign visitors to dial any one of six languages. The architect is H. Robley
Saunders, Robert Chamides is associate designer and construction is by the Howell Construction Company.
leadership continually. We praise Thy name for the won-
drous things that Thou hast done to date; and, Father, we
pray that as we construct this building, You will guide
and direct everything that is done, that the people who
have a part in it will share in the blessing, and that through
the ministry of this program we might see many come into
the Kingdom of Heaven. This we pray in Jesus' name.
DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Hickman. I now
have the pleasure of presenting Mr. Allen E. Beach, direc-
tor of International Exhibits at the Fair.
MR. ALLEN E. BEACH: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador.
Dr. Humphries, distinguished guests. Governor Poletti is
the one who should rightfully be here today at this impor-
tant event to greet you and welcome the Sermons from
Science Pavilion to the International Section of the Fair.
However, he is away on a few days of well-deserved vaca-
tion so I'll say a few words in his behalf, and in behalf
of the International Division.
I often think of great world expositions as a punctua-
tion mark in history, when the nations of the world come
together in one spot in a friendly, peaceful atmosphere to
compare notes, to take a look at where they have been,
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where they are now, and where they are going. Certainly
a World's Fair of this magnitude would not be complete
without the representation and participation of the impor-
tant religious organizations of the world. So we are very
happy that there are so many religious organizations and
groups participating in the Fair, and we look forward, in
Sermons from Science, to this unique presentation of
Christianity to the millions of visitors that will be coming
to the Fair.
We know the success that you had at Seattle ; many of
us visited your pavilion there and we are delighted that
your message can now be told at the New York World's
Fair. Thank you.
DR. DE MENDOZA: Ladies and gentlemen, before
introducing the next speaker, I have the honor of present-
ing some personalities among our distinguished guests:
Mr. Dan Piatt, director of the Billy Graham Pavilion :
Mr. H. Robley Saunders, architect for the beautiful Ser-
mons from Science Pavilion ; Mr. Ralph Howell, who rep-
resents the Howell Construction Company which will
build the Sermons from Science Pavilion. And now I have
the honor to present General William E. Potter, executive
vice president of the Fair.
GENERAL WILLIAM E. POTTER: I know that we're
all greatly impressed with the dynamism of modern reli-
gion, in seeing that our Fair has a proper and imaginative
showcase in which to impress upon the world the undying
truths that serve us as our guidelines in life. We congratu-
Dr. James H. Humphries at the Sermons from Science Pavilion
late and thank you for adding to our ability to present
your concept to the world's public.
DR. DE MENDOZA: Our next speaker is a graduate
of the University of Western Ontario. After practicing
medicine in Detroit, he was appointed, in 1933, assistant
medical director and, in 1954, medical director of the
Home Life Insurance Company. He is a member of the
American Medical Association, of the New York County
Medical Society, of the Board of Life Insurance Medicine.
He is also president of the McAuley Water Street Mission
and chairman of the Christian Businessmen's Committee
of New York. I have the privilege to present Dr. James
Humphries, chairman of Sermons from Science Committee
of the New York World's Fair.
DR. JAMES H. HUMPHRIES, M.D. [Chairman of
Sermons from Science Committee]: Thank you, Dr. de
Mendoza. General Potter, Mr. Beach, all you good friends
at the Fair who have helped us in our plans and prepara-
tions. On the Sermons from Science site there will rise, in
the providence of God, a pavilion of striking design, in
which millions of visitors to the Fair will be reminded,
through Sermons from Science, that this amazingly intri-
cate universe in which we live is indeed the handiwork
of our omnipotent God.
Moreover, our visitors will be shown through accurately
documented scientific demonstrations, live and recorded,
that this great God of Creation is also the God of eternal
salvation. The main portion of the building will provide
a 500-seat theatre: Many unique electronic devices will be
utilized in the presentation of the program, among which
will be equipment by means of which many international
visitors will be able to hear the messages in their native
tongues. The smaller portion of the pavilion will provide
areas for conferences, and ample grounds are provided
which will be appropriately landscaped and which will set
the building off very effectively.
The daily program will include twelve 30 -minute pres-
entations, and, apart from three live demonstrations, each
day's program will vary from day to day.
On behalf of my associates in the Sermons from Science
Committee, and its sponsoring body the Christian Life
Convention, I would like to thank the New York World's
Fair Corporation — Mr. Moses, General Potter, Dr. de
Mendoza, Mr. Beach — all who have had a share in the
allocation of this delightful site and have been so helpful
in negotiating the problems which we have faced. Finally,
may I include a word of recognition to our architect
Mr. H. Robley Saunders, to his associate designer Mr.
Robert Chamides, and to the Howell Construction Com-
pany. Thank you very much.
DR. DE MENDOZA : Thank you, Dr. Humphries. Our
next speaker is a graduate of the New York Law School ;
he served in the United States Army during World War I.
He was admitted to practice before the Bar of New Jersey
in 1922, as a counsellor in 1928 and before the U.S.
Supreme Court Bar in 1951. Among the many high posts
of trust and responsibility he holds, he is president and
trustee of the Latin American Mission, Star of Hope Mis-
sion, Paterson, New Jersey, and the D. M. Sterns Mission
Fund. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Billy
Graham Association and of the Winona Lake Christian
Assembly. He was recently reelected president of Gideons
International. He is a life trustee of the Pocket Testament
League and director of Young Life Campaign and of
Youth for Christ International. It is my privilege to pre-
sent Mr. Jacob Stam, board of trustees, Moody Bible
MR. JACOB STAM: General Potter, Dr. de Mendoza,
Mr. Beach, Dr. Humphries, distinguished guests. It is a
great privilege to be here today, to be in on the ground
floor of this symbolic ceremony for the Sermons from
I am pleased that this is a united effort. It is my privilege
to serve as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the
Moody Institute of Science. The interest is broad, and I am
glad that this task is under the sponsorship of such a
united committee. Members of the Christian Business-
men's Committee International, members of Gideons In-
ternational, men interested in Moody, men interested in
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and many
organizations over a broad front are working together in
every way possible in order to have a sound, interesting,
exciting evangelical witness at the Fair.
Dr. Irwin A. Moon is the boss man at Moody Institute
of Science. In the early days when he had more time, he
personally demonstrated Sermons from Science. I shall
never forget my first attendance at such a demonstration:
the platform at Mecca Temple in New York City was
filled with heavy equipment and many gadgets that at-
tracted attention, but when Irwin Moon stood up to read
the Bible, this commanded attention and diverted it from
the equipment and the gadgets to the reading of God's
George Speake has done a remarkable job in presenting
Sermons from Science to audiences all over the country.
His most notable run was at the Seattle Fair, where he
carried on for 186 days without interruption, giving a
personal demonstration three hourly periods each day, and
directing demonstrations or running films and documen-
taries for the remaining hours of each day. And almost
every hour the house was jammed; this was one of the
most popular exhibits at the Seattle Fair, not only to sit
down and rest the body, but to stimulate the mind to right
thinking and to high purpose.
Mr. Robert Moses, speaking at the groundbreaking for
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said that high
in the list of exhibits are the religious organizations. I
believe that Sermons from Science will have a most useful
place there. The purpose of the Fair is "Peace through
Understanding." Solomon, that wise man, pointed out
that the beginning of understanding and instruction and
wisdom, is a right relationship with God, or the fear of
God, as the old English expressed it. A prayer of Moses
is recorded in Psalm 90, in which he prays "So teach us
to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto
wisdom." And then he says, "Let Thy work appear unto
Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children, and let
the beauty of the Lord -our God be upon us, and establish
Thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of
our hands establish Thou it." And then the Psalmist, in
Psalm 92, says, "For Thou Lord hast made me glad
through Thy work. I will triumph in the works of Thy
This universe is filled with the work of God, His work
in creation, His work in preserving this universe, and
making it tick, making it run on time, and also His work
on this earth in miracles of grace, in saving men through
the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. This world
is also filled with the works of men. For some of these,
man takes all the credit. For some of these, God is given
the glory. I shall never forget the dedication of a dam
which impounded the water for a great reservoir. Stand-
ing below the dam and looking up at it, this was a mighty,
big, impressive object. The engineers received due credit
for designing and building it; but, sometime later in flying
over it and getting a different perspective, I noticed that
the dam appeared to be only a tiny cork in a tremendous
open jug or bottle formed by the mountains — which, of
course, were made by God without cost to the taxpayers.
Science is the state or fact of knowing — systematized
knowledge derived from special study and experimenta-
tion. Science is not opposed to God and the Bible. These
Sermons from Science will demonstrate what God has
created, what is known about it, what God has said about
it ; and it will be demonstrated how this is relevant to the
needs of men.
And to these demonstrations there will be response,
I know, in the hearts of men to the claims of Christ. I be-
lieve that Sermons from Science will influence many peo-
ple with the good news, the gospel of The Lord Jesus
Christ. Not by tedious, long and annoying sermons, but
by most interesting and exciting applications of the find-
ings of fact by scientific demonstration and the relevance
of the gospel to every situation.
DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Stam. I now
have the honor to present Mr. Conrad S. Jensen, vice
chairman, Committee for Sermons from Science at the
New York World's Fair, who will offer the dedicatory
MR. CONRAD S. JENSEN [Vice Chairman, Commit-
tee for Sermons from Science at the N. Y. World's Fair] :
Heavenly Father, as we gather here in the midst of this
World"s Fair, as we've been amazed at the demonstration
on this model in front of us, as we begin to contemplate
what some of this will really be like next April, Lord
willing, we are reminded that Thou hast ordained man to
climb to great heights in science and technology. We
thank Thee, Lord, for the things that have been accom-
plished in the field of medicine to make lives that are in
desperate need, liveable.
We thank Thee for the other sciences that have helped
us from day to day. And yet Lord, in the midst of this,
in the midst of a land of plenty, in the midst of all of the
wonders that Thou hast bestowed upon us we are re-
minded of the hate and the bigotry and the violence and
the things that go round about us, because men have not
learned to live with Thee. Lord, as we dedicate the ground
upon which this building will be built, we pray that the
Holy Spirit might so dedicate us — that we might show
the love of Christ wherever we go, and those that live in
hate and fear might come to know Him before it's too late.
We thank Thee for the scientific finds that have brought
people closer to Thee, and we pray that the millions of
people that will come here, heartsick and weary, looking
for a little relaxation, and a respite from the things of the
world, might come into the Sermons from Science build-
ing, and find the only peace that really lasts — the peace
that the Lord Jesus Christ can give, when we give our-
selves to Him.
Lord, we dedicate this building not as a monument to
the builder or the architect or those that have contributed,
but a monument to Thy faithfulness. Thou hast said in
Thy Word, heaven and earth shall pass away, but my
word shall never pass away. Even, Lord, as we are re-
minded that these buildings will be destroyed in a couple
of years and taken away, we realize that one day this
entire world that we love so much will also be destroyed.
We pray that Thou wilt help us know Thee as Saviour,
to live life before others so that they might see Christ.
We ask, Lord, that this building might continue, in the
two years that it's here, to give forth the gospel that many-
might come to know Thee. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
General William E. Potter, executive vice president of the
Fair, presenting the World's Fair medallion to Dr. James H.
Humphries, chairman of the Sermons from Science Committee.
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THE SERMONS FROM SCIENCE PAVILION
AT THE FAIR
CHRISTIAN LIFE CONVENTION
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SERMONS FROM SCIENCE COMMITTEE
DR. JAMES H. HUMPHRIES, M.D., Chairman
GEORGE R. HICKMAN, Vice Chairman
HARALD TONN ESSEN, Vice Chairman
CONRAD S. JENSEN, Vice Chairman
W. SCOTT NYBORG, Executive Director
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