The Teaching of the Early Church on the Use of Wine and Strong Drink

The Teaching of the Early Church on the Use of Wine and Strong Drink

The Teaching of the Early Church on the Use of Wine and Strong Drink

The Teaching of the Early Church on the Use of Wine and Strong Drink

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Prohibition has been a subject of much interest and not a little controversy in the United States for many years. The passage of the National Prohibition Amendment and the accompanying Volstead Act has served to increase rather than to diminish the amount of this interest and the bitterness of the controversy. Among those vitally interested in prohibition perhaps none have been so energetic or have striven so persistently for the realization of their ideas and programs as certain religious groups. In support of their views, members of these groups have written thousands of pages of propaganda and controversial literature, the greater part of which is in newspaper and pamphlet form. This literature is largely concerned with the teaching of the Bible on the nature and use of wine and strong drink. The controversies which this appeal to Scripture has engendered have lasted from the middle decades of the last century to the present. The failure to reach a solution acceptable to all can perhaps be reasonably ascribed to the nature of the literature as well as to the intolerance of the audience. The situation clearly calls for a discussion which shall be broader in scope, more historical in treatment, saner in spirit, and directed to the ascertainment of truth rather than to the persuasion to a certain viewpoint.

To discuss anew the Bible wine question as an isolated problem would but repeat an error into which previous writers have fallen. In reality the Bible is but one of the major repositories of Christian truth and needs to be interpreted and supplemented by other great sources which like-

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