Signs of the Times

The Moderator, Rt. Rev. A. A. Scott in an article in The United Church Observer Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In the history of Western civilization, every advance along the path of social and moral progress has been heralded by, or accompanied by, a return to the Bible. The British and Foreign Bible Society, and its various offshoots and subsidiary organizations, has done a marvelous work in making the Scriptures known in the language of the people. It has made no attempt to interpret them (well knowing that to interpret is often to change) but has placed them without note or comment in the hands of those who were willing to receive them, giving away copies free of charge, or selling them below cost to those who were able to pay something for them.

Who can estimate the value of such a work? It is in no small measure due to the efforts of the Bible Society that this Book continues to be the best of best sellers, and even in the "tough times'" in which we live (to use Dr. Fosdick's phrase) continues to exercise a profound influence on the life of the community. It presents us with those fundamental moral issues which must be stressed if we are to avoid the danger occasioned by the overdevelopment of science without a corresponding growth in moral insight or ethical performance.

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July 10, 1954

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