Helmut Thielicke (1908-1986), How the World Began: Man in the First Chapters of the Bible
, tr. John W. Doberstein (Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1961), p. 4:
What a strange and enigmatic breed we are! Presently we shall be flying in space, but at the same time we are threatening to blow up the base of this voyage into space, namely our own planet. We conquer space and time with our machines, but these machines also appear to be conquering us. We change the face of the earth, but on our own faces are the same old runes of guilt, suffering, and death. Despite everything we have created, we are still the same as the men of old: Cain and Abel, Achilles and Thersites, Siegfried and Hagen.