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The Bishop and His Boys
Back in the late 1880s, Bishop Milton Wright attended a conference of the United Brethren Church that was held at a college in Columbus. One of the speakers at that conference had "the future of the Church" as his assigned topic. It was a time of tremendous invention and industry. The speaker dreamed of a day when people might ride in self-powered carriages or even ride in flying machines. The Bishop, a stern defender of the faith, stood and spoke angrily denouncing such foolish dreams and visions. "The Scriptures," he said, "tell us that God has reserved the power of flight for the angels. If God had wanted man to fly, He'd have given us wings!"
The Bishop left the conference that night and returned to his home in Dayton, where he was greeted at the door by his two young sons...Orville and Wilbur.
That story is of suspicious authority, but gets repeated pretty frequently.
I just thought I'd take a moment to give props to the Bishop's sons on this 100th anniversary of heavier-than-air flight. Hats off to a couple of bicycle mechanics who changed the world.
Religion is a good thing for good people and a bad thing for bad people. --H. Richard Niebuhr