[Christian Register.]

That which gives the Bible unique value and distinction is the fact that, as no other book, it gives us a bird's eye view of the religious history of the race. That which many liberal critics of narrow view deprecate and condemn in the Bible is one of the proofs of its value. There are in the early records historical errors, moral delinquencies, and immoral teachings which are now silently repudiated by even the most orthodox Jews and Christians. These things show what thousands of years ago men believed and how they behaved. The world in which the patriarchs lived was a world which fitted into the stage of human progress made up to that time. It was in advance of the other forms of religious belief and moral practices among the nations; but the world of the patriarchs transported into the twentieth century would be even more obnoxious to public sentiment than any institution which now exists. These facts honestly set forth in the Old Testament give us a starting-point from which to measure the progress made in the ages which lie between us and that early time.

[From the "Credo" of Rev. Charles Clark Pierce, D.D., Los Angeles, Cal.]

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April 1, 1911

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