Signs of the Times

Topic: The Bible as Good Literature

[Editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, California]

Nothing can stop the Bible. It is useless to call it the world's best seller, though it is, because that term implies a comparison, and there is nothing else that even remotely compares with the Bible in popular circulation. The American Bible Society's report tells of nearly seven million copies distributed by it last year. ...

There is something tremendously impressive in the society's recital of its output of Bibles. If there is any one thing to which we may ascribe civilization's gradual growth toward human brotherhood it is the teaching found in this Book. This is a time when ideals of humanity have suffered a severe setback. May there not be significance of a return of the pendulum in the fact that the Bible is now being called for more and more?

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September 9, 1939

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