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The Mighty Atom
by Marie Corelli
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Marie Corelli lived in the time or Darwin, and took real exception to the intellectual incursions then being made on territory previously reserved to matters of faith. In its way, it's a sad thing: in _The Mighty Atom_ a gifted writer rails against the evidence of man's senses. There may be -- we'd say there are -- ways to reconcile the eternal with the evidence of our senses. But surely a harangue in the cloak of fiction is not the way to do it; rather more by railing at the dark she teaches folks to find the intellectual courage to step into it. Regardless, Corelli was a gifted writer, and whether the tale she tells here is the one she intended or not, she tells a fine and interesting tale. (Jacketless library hardcover.)
Then, look at our sun!--we should not be able to live without it,--but there are millions of other suns and systems,--all separate universes. Now if all these things are atoms, and are designed by an Atom,--where is it?--that wonderful little First Atom which, without knowing in the least what it was about, and with nobody to guide it, and having no reason, judgment, sight or sense of its own, produced such beautiful creations? And then, if you are able to tell me where it is, will you also tell me where it came from?"
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