uniformly narrow-minded men, hide-bound in the bark of tradition, conventionalism, and prejudice, have thrown the Bible
in the way of every forward step the race has ever made.
When the Reformation claimed that every Christian man was his own priest and entitled to read the Bible
for himself, the cry was: “You are resisting and undermining the Bible
Even before that, the most advanced and liberal churchmen denounced their own (unrecognized, but true) spiritual brothers — the democracy of their day in Holland
and elsewhere — as infidels and contemners of the Scriptures.
When the English Puritan
saw dimly a republican equality of rights, Sir Robert Filmer
and the High-Churchmen tried to frighten him with the scarecrow of their Bible.
The chief Apostle says, “Honor the king!”
and this fellow leaves us no king to honor!
But even Dr. Crosby
would, in spite of Saint Peter
, hardly acknowledge the Declaration of Independence
to be “contrary to revealed religion.”
One of the strongest proofs that the Bible
is really a divine book is, that it has outlived even the foolish praises and misrepresentations of its narrow and bigoted friends.
When Antislavery lecturers first entered Ohio
, some forty years ago, they carried the Bible
before them as their sanction for the movement.
Certain doctors of divinity, horror-struck at this profanation, proposed to form a society whose object should be to prove that the Bible
was then considered somewhat of an infidel; but on the principle of the forlorn sailor who puts up with any port in a storm, these divines sought out Wade
, asking him to be president of the proposed society.
received them most courteously.
“Certainly,” said he, “gentlemen, I will serve you gladly, and do my best to make this thing ”