Excerpt from The Spiritual Telegraph, 1854, Vol. 3
Modern commentators have been compelled to give new ex planations, founded upon supposition, to nearly all the extrava gant stories of the Old Testament, in order to satisfy their own sense of consistency. But what is their authority for these sup positions? If the teachers of divinity have been for so many hundred years mistaken in accepting a literal interpretation for the narratives, who can rely upon the suppositions of nu inspired men of the present age? Would any commentator have ever dreamed of calling the miracle of the sun and moon standing still a splendid metaphor (as Sears has done), if science had not revealed the absurdity of the story? And thus in every case, the new interpretation is the resort of necessity, and forces conviction upon the mind of the reader that this ancient history which men have sacredized is a mere tradition, written in an age of ignorance, and by men who had extremely narrow conceptions of God and of the universe.
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