So fixed in the thought of the ancients was the mental picture of a flat earth, that their mistaken theory of the solar system passed unchallenged in the face of indications which, to the more enlightened sense of today, enforce an altogether different conclusion. The object-lessons furnished by the gradual disappearance of receding ships below the horizon, the curvature of the earth's shadow as it falls across the moon during an eclipse, and other equally significant natural phenomena, were insufficient to loose belief from its traditional moorings in a radically wrong concept of the solar system, and turn inquiry in the direction of more rational interpretations.

As the imaginative thinker pictures the movements of the heavenly bodies comprehensively from a standpoint far removed in space, it seems to him fairly incredible that intelligent and learned observers should have allowed the astronomical fact to be so obscured by an illusion of the senses. And yet, a similar state of affairs still prevails to quite an extent in the religious world. As we survey Christendom, with its scores of opposing sects, each claiming Scriptural authority for its distinctive theological views, we may well marvel at the obtuseness of mortal mind and the self complacency with which it regards its own finite, ever shifting opinions. It is self-evident that all these differing sects and conflicting creeds cannot derive their sanction from the teaching of the Bible. Nevertheless, each exponent of the Scriptures professes to be satisfied with the correctness of his peculiar interpretation and the untenableness of all contrary views.

October 9, 1909

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