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The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible   By: (1840-1914)

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The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible


R. Heber Newton.

"In it is contained God's true Word." Homily on the Holy Scriptures.

New York: John W. Lovell Company, 14 & 16 Vesey Street.

Works by the Same Author.

The Morals. 1. Vol. 12mo, cloth, gilt, $1.00 Studies of Jesus. 1 vol. 12mo, cloth, gilt, 1.00 Womanhood. 1 vol. 12mo, cloth, gilt, 1.25

The above all will be sent by mail, postpaid, on receipt of price, by

John W. Lovell Co. 14 and 16 Vesey St., New York.

Copyright, 1883


I. The Unreal Bible. II. The Real Bible. III. The Wrong Uses of the Bible. IV. The Wrong Uses of the Bible. V. The Right Critical Use of the Bible. VI. The Right Historical Use of the Bible. VII. The Right Ethical and Spiritual Use of the Bible.

"The Gospel doth not so much consist in verbis as in virtute ."

John Smith .

"Liberty in prophesying, without prescribing authoritatively to other men's consciences, and becoming lords and masters of their faith a necessity derived from the consideration of the difficulty of Scripture in questions controverted, and the uncertainty of any internal medium of interpretation."

Jeremy Taylor .

"To those who follow their reason in the interpretation of the Scriptures, God will either give his grace for assistance to find the truth, or His pardon if they miss it."

Lord Falkland .

[Rational Theology in England in the Seventeenth Century; John Tulloch, D.D., II: 181, I:398, I:160]


It has been my custom for several years to give occasionally a series of sermons, having in view some systematic instruction of the people committed to my care. Such a series of sermons on the Bible had been for some time in my mind. With the recurrence of Bible Sunday in our Church year, this thought crystallized in the outline of a course that should present the nature and uses of the Bible, both negatively and positively, in a manner that should be at once reverent and rational. In the course of this parochial ministration public attention was called to it in a way that has rendered a complete report of my words desirable.

The views set forth in these sermons were not hastily reached or lightly accepted. They represent a growth of years. Their essential thought was stated in a sermon that was preached and published eight years ago. My positions concerning certain books, etc., have been taken in deference to what seems to me the weight of judgment among the master critics. They are open to correction, as the young science of Biblical criticism gains new light. The general view of the Bible herein set forth rests upon the conclusions of no new criticism. In varying forms, it has been that of an historical school of thought in the English Church and in its American daughter. It is a view that has been recognized as a legitimate child of the mother Church; and that has been given the freedom of our own homestead, in the undogmatic language of the sixth of the Articles of Religion of the Protestant Episcopal Church. It is distinctly enunciated in the first sentence of the first sermon in the Book of Homilies, set forth officially for the instruction of the people in both of these Churches.

"Unto a Christian man there can be nothing more necessary or profitable than the knowledge of holy scripture, forasmuch as in it is contained God's true word , setting forth his glory, and also man's duty."

The whole controversy in Protestantism over the Bible may be summed into the question whether the Bible is God's word or contains God's word. On this question I stand with the Book of Homilies.

These sermons were meant for that large and rapidly growing body of men who can no longer hold the traditional view of the Bible, but who yet realize that within this view there is a real and profound truth; a truth which we all need, if haply we can get it out from its archaic form without destroying its life, and can clothe it anew in a shape that we can intelligently grasp and sincerely hold... Continue reading book >>

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