This post first appeared at the Three Rivers Grace blog on 10/13/15.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I have heard of two infidels, one of whom said to his fellow, ‘If you had to go to jail for twelve months, and could only have one book, what book would you choose?’ He was very surprised when his companion said, ‘Oh, I should take the Bible!’ The first one said, ‘But, you do not believe in it; I wonder that you should choose that.’ ‘Oh! but,’ rejoined his friend, ‘it is no end of a book.’’ And then Spurgeon adds, “His record is true, it is ‘no end of a book.’”
As part of a conquering Christendom, this “no end of a book” was sewn into armor, displayed on gilt stands in soaring cathedrals, and held aloft to bless the tools of war before battle. Vanquished peoples were forced to swear allegiance to it; following its precepts resulted in purges by magisterial church officers for crimes of “piety”; and men were burned at the stake at the behest of kings and popes for daring to translate it into the common languages.
A more subtle, though significantly more pervasive and persuasive, role is the one in which centuries of biblical literacy laid the foundation for our generation to receive a culture that has incorporated the language, principles and themes of the Bible into its literature, its governance, its legal principles -- even its daily speech! How often have you heard these phrases or maxims?
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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