by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage
Eph. 4:18

It seems, from what we have recently heard, that
the Christian religion is a huge blunder; that the
Mosaic account of the creation is an absurdity large
enough to throw all nations into rollicking guffaw;
that Adam and Eve never existed; that the ancient
flood and Noah's ark were impossibilities; that there
never was a miracle; that the Bible is the friend of
cruelty, of murder, of polygamy, of impurity, of all
forms of base crime; that the Christian religion is
woman's tyrant and man's stultification; that the
Bible from lid to lid is a fable, a sham, a lie; that
the martyrs who died for its truth were miserable
dupes; that the Church of Jesus Christ is properly
gazetted as a fool; that it is something to bring a
blush to the cheek of every patriot that John Adams,
the father of American Independence, declared "the
Bible the best book in all the world;" and that iron,
lion-hearted Andrew Jackson turned into a sniveling
coward when he said, "That book, sir, is the rock on
which our Republic rests," and that Daniel Webster
abdicated the throne of his intellectual power and
resigned his logic, and from being the great expounder
of the Constitution and the great lawyer of his age,
turned into an idiot when he said, "My heart assures
and reassures me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ must
be a divine reality. From the time that at my mother's
feet, or on my father's knee, I first learned to lisp
verses from the sacred writings, they have been my
daily study and vigilant contemplation, and if there
is anything in my style or thought to be commended,
the credit is due to my kind parents in instilling
into my mind an early love of the Scriptures;" and
that William H. Seward, the diplomatist of the
century, only showed his puerility when he declared,
"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the
ever-growing influences of the Bible;" and that it ...

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