[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the weekend of April 6—8 in the radio series, " The Bible Speaks to You," heard internationally over more than 700 stations. This is one of the weekly programs produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston 15, Massachusetts.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 1 - Why Read the Bible?

HOST: Many people think of the Bible as the Word of God; others, as the greatest of literature; but still others view it as only a relic of long ago. And there are some who seldom give the Scriptures any thought at all.

As Dr. William Neil says in his book "The Rediscovery of the Bible" (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1954): "There is no question that to most [people the Bible] is a closed book. Statistics assure us that it is still the world's best seller, but who reads it? Mass observation newspaper enquiries, and one's own experience would suggest that nothing could be hazier or more chaotic than the average person's knowledge of the contents of Scripture. Far from feeling that the Bible holds the answer to the problems of our time, few appear to know that it claims to give such an answer, or what the answer is or how to find it" (p. 11).

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April 14, 1962

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