Knowing the Bible

Knowing the Bible

Knowing the Bible

Knowing the Bible

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Many indications at the present time point to a new interest in the Bible. Schools and colleges which offer courses for the thorough and unbiased study of the Bible are finding that students respond in increasing numbers. Modern science has revealed a universe vastly larger and older than the creation depicted in Genesis, but there is a growing belief among thoughtful people that neither conflicts nor "reconciliations" with science are necessary if the Bible is rightly studied and interpreted. Occasional belated antagonisms only serve to make more evident the need of accurate knowledge.

There is a clearer recognition that the Bible is primarily a book for moral and religious instruction and guidance, that because of its teachings and ideals it belongs to the literature of power. Thus in our age with its aspiration for higher standards of living, for social and industrial progress, and for enduring peace, the Bible can contribute to the upbuilding of society and inspire men with fresh energy for achievement. Though much may be cited as to the decline of faith and the breakdown of tradition, signs are appearing of a widespread renewal of religion. Men realize that the ends of life are to be sought in spiritual values and they desire to lay hold of them, an illustration in our day of the biblical saying, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

This book has been prepared with the distinct aim of meeting the need for a better understanding of the Bible. It is not a book about the Bible, but is intended to enable the reader and . . .

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