Excerpt from Selected Old Testament Studies
The better view, and the common sense view would seem to be that the religion of the beginning was pure and uncorrupted and of divine origin. When men apostatized from the true faith, the process was gradual, and they carried with them divinely appointed ordinances, modifying and corrupting them in a purely naturalistic way, until most pagan practices, and their teachings also, are but travesties of the good and the true.
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