One of the most gratifying things that comes to the...

Quincy (Ill.) Herald

One of the most gratifying things that comes to the notice of the average good citizen is the evidence of the increasing interest in the Bible. There are more persons reading that good book just now than ever before in the history of the world. Whether a man be a church-member or a rank outsider, a believer or an agnostic, he will be ready to concede that the people who are reading the Bible are getting better morally and are making better citizens, more honest, more honorable, more just in their dealings with their brother men.

To the careful student of human conditions there appears a greater leaning toward spiritual things. The discovery is being made that the Bible can bring not only deliverance from sin, but physical healing to those who study it carefully, read it not perfunctorily, but thoughtfully, and apply its precepts with honest endeavor to measure their lives by them and eliminate the material things, the carnal lusts and pleasures which are antagonistic to the higher spiritual life. And so we really see a positive and earnest awakening and a real sincere effort to attain to truer, holier, and hence to happier things as learned from the Scriptures. As they study, multitudes are finding joy in a cleaner and more practical application of familiar texts. The seeming conflict which has been waged between the teachings of the Bible and the natural sciences is being removed, as the result of the new and more enlightened understanding of this book.

November 30, 1912

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