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PAGE 2 THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 21, 1969 Dr. Ritschl Says 'Futurologg' Emerging as Science As World Shifts Focus from Past Little Rock - Modern scriptural other cheek'.' have contrzbuted to studies, dialogue, revolution and a development of a new science -- growing inclination to ".turn the "futurology," Dr. Dietrich Rit- schl, a renowned Presbyterian theologian, told a Little Rock Lec- ture Series audience here last week. Discussing "Hope Shapes the Future," the Pittsburgh Theo- logical Seminary professor de- clared that "futurology is fighting for a place in the sciences. It wants to be taken seriously." & lhesstng CHIROPRACTIC OFFICES 1515 W. 7th., Little Rock Phone FR 4-5,902 WE CONTROL RATS AND MICE Pest Control FR 4-6469 - 2.210 W. 7th WE CONTROL PIGEONS And Other Pests CRUISES T( For TRAVEL everywhere Tickets for all international air, rail and sea services at published fares; Independent travel arrangements made to your order. and for travel SERVICE anywhere R.S. 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He said "we are experiencing radically n e w questions and tasks," and he cited among them the questions of cities, children, food, politics and universities which he termed "fantastically complicated." "Some events and phenomena are so new and exciting," he asserted. He noted Catholic- Protestant dialogue, dialogue be- tween western and eastern Christ- ianity, relations between Chris- tians and Jews, and Christian- Marxist dialogue as contacts "dealing with the future." The western world, Doctor Rit- schl said, "has always been past centered in intellectual, cultural and psychological" matters. It has adhered to the Greek heritage that "truth lies in the past." The early Church looked back to Apo- stolic times, he said. The "Ref- ormation -- the children of the Renaissance -- looked back to the time they thought the Gospel was lived purely, without distor- tion." The west's legal system, too, is "past oriented," he asserted. "Man must behave in accordance with what is behind him." He said that "the wisdoms of the past" have set moral standards that "give us our identity and we must behave accordingly." He termed such habits "absol- utising" history "in such fashion that we avoid the thought that something brand new can come out of human relations. Rightly or wrongly," he declared, "we are inclined to look to the past." "A revolutionary," he asserted, "is one who is future oriented and not past oriented. The revolu- tionary attempts to usher in something brand new." So speak- ing, he posed the rhetorical question of whether "the idea of revolution.., began with Jesus." "Prior to Jesus," he said, "there were uprisings and wars, but not revolutions. Could it be that since Jesus' coming, revo- lution has never been forgotten? Could it be that God put the spirit of revolution into world history?" Doctor Ritschl interpreted in some detail the teachings of Hans Bloch, a Jewish Marxist, whom he said he does not admire be- cause his writings are too dis- organized but whose views "should be recognized because he tries to come to grips with major questions." Bloch, Doctor Ritschl said, "advises against consulting theo- logians" because they have not recognized Scripture's orientation toward the future. Bloch, accord- ing to Doctor Ritschl, sees "the forbidden fruit, the exodus, the tower of Babel" as pointing to a future in which "man is cap- able of being like God." Doctor Ritschl concurred in the view that "the Bible is future oriented .... Abraham can be understood as a man who risked his future because God called him, " he said. "Man has the right to participate in God's work for the future." The Biblical "structure of promise and fulfillment is most important in both the Old and the 00O00ard|an The ' Official t:ublication of the iocese of Cittle ock Published Weekly by The Guardian Press, Inc., 2500 N. Tyler st, Entered as second-class matter March 21, 1911, at the office of Little Rock, Arkansas, under the Act f +  March 8,1897. . [ ("IN   Second-class postage paid at ; I r w I . Little Rock, Arkansas %.? J_$'  SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $5.00 the year in the United iss t Canada $6.50 - Foreign $7.50 The Guardian is the official publication of the Diocese of Little Rock,] proved its worth during the many years of its existence. It merits hearted support of the priests and people of the diocese. With this help, its goal, as an instrhment of Catholic Action, ca be achieved. ALBERT L. Bishop of Little EDITOR RIGHT REV. MONSIGNOR THOMAS L. KEANY, Ph.D. Mount St. Mary's Academy, Little Rock, Ark. 72207 MANAGING EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER MR. WILLIAM W. O'DONNELL MR. AUGUST PROBST. JIL Address All Departments P. O. Box 7417 Telephone MO 6 0@6 FOREST PARK STATION -- ZIP CODE 72207 Business Hours 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Saturday, major National Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation. New Testament," he declared. He stressed the admonition to be- lievers to "turn the other cheek... to love those who do not love them .... to look to the future .... not to feel that the future depends solely on them," but to recognize that "GOd controls the future." "To become one in the end... forgiving one another" is the ultimate goal, he said. "God's future is what we should have as our orientation." "We should not think of things of the past as more definitive," Doctor Ritschl continued. "Many of them are dead and no longer speak to use... The past is mat- erial for possible reinterpreta- tion." He distinguished between "wis- hes and hope" declaring that "wishes grow out of the present situation... If a nation is em- barrased it might wish it were not so... Hopes are not based on the present situation but on my in- terpretation of what was promised long ago... He said "the Marxists' nega- tive view of the future is based on wishes... (but) fulfillment of God's promiS to be the cardinal our ethical acts.., never, fore, can an action be that destroys another hope... Hoping is an sion of my responsibility SEE DR. RITSCHL oN PG' WORLD'S FINEST RADIOEAR / LITTLE ROCK HEARING AID CENTER 110 W. Capitol - FR 5-8264 Monuments Since ,att-M George C. Wyatt :)121 WRIGHT -- LITTL IE NOW OPEN! 60 VARIgI THAT'S IIEI HONEY FLUFF DONUTS 16 Flavors Of Ice Cream Discounts To All Organizations -WE NEVER CLOSE. 6416 Asher LO 2-1705 Across From K-Mart