FROM THE PULPIT: When proof is nowhere in sight, have faith

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 01:32 PM.

In history, there has been a number of inventions and ideas that people initially said “couldn’t be done.”

But many of those larger-than-life ideas — much like naysayers' criticisms — succeeded.

Consider this:

●New Jersey farmers rejected the first cast-iron plow, invented in the United States in 1797, under the theory that cast iron poisoned the land and stimulated weed growth.

●An eloquent authority in the United States declared that the railroad's introduction would require building many insane asylums. After all, the sight of locomotives rushing across the country would drive people mad with terror.

●In Germany, so-called experts proved that, if trains went at the frightful speed of 15 miles per hour, blood would spurt from travelers’ noses, and passengers would suffocate when passing through tunnels.

●Commodore Vanderbilt dismissed Westinghouse and his new air brakes for trains, stating, “I have no time to waste on fools.”

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