December 23, 1956

FROM BETHLEHEM: (From an article by Cleon Paraschos): «Friedrich Nietzsche is not grieving the death of the Son of God, he who at this time of year took on human form in a small village in Palestine. He is grieving for the death of Dionysus, whom he wanted to resurrect and enthrone in our souls, driving out the Son of God forever. Nietzsche was a child of the Renaissance and made the same mistake as so many others in believing that there can be humanism without Christ. This is the humanism envisaged by many famous writers of our time, such as Sartre and Malraux, who feel, as we do, that the ideological structure they are trying so hard to build, is rotten. Humanism cannot be created by rationalism or by struggling for continual material progress, nor can these result in values able to support and direct man in his life. Something deeper is needed, something more substantial, more fundamental. Only Christianity can provide that, only the light that shone from Bethlehem…». EISENHOWER SWORN IN: Washington, 21 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his vice president, Richard Nixon, were sworn in today shortly after noon at the White House.

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