The last hold-out

Read the Bible as you would Livy or Tacitus. For example, in the book of Joshua we are told the sun stood still for several hours. Were we to read that fact in Livy or Tacitus we should class it with their showers of blood, speaking of their statues, beasts, etc. But it is said that the writer of that book was inspired. Examine, therefore, candidly, what evidence there is of his having been inspired. The pretension is entitled to your inquiry, because millions believe it.

Before measurement took the high ground, men read their truths. They explained using old predictions, old stories, taken apart and freshened up to suit their times. “It is written” dominated “you can see”. Of all those tales, only the bible has survived inquiry.

And now that its peers - Tacitus, Homer, Plato et al - are largely neglected, shut up in the safe boxes of “philosophy” or “poetry”, only its Sunday schools and pulpits preserve that age-old way of seeing the world as a forum for both gods and men and the present as a reenactment or fulfillment.

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