Excerpt From The Pentateuch And Book Of Joshua Critically ExaminedI Have Been Brought Again Face To Face With Questions Which Caused Me Some Uneasiness In Former Days, But With Respect To Which I Was Then Enabled To Satisfy My Mind Sufficiently For Practical Purposes, And I Had Fondly Hoped To Have Laid The Ghosts Of Them At Last For Ever Engrossed With Parochial And Other Work In England, I Did What, Probably, Many Other Clergy Men Have Done Under Similar Circumstances, I Contented Myself With Silencing, By Means Of The Specious Explanations, Which Are Given In Most Commentaries, The Ordinary Objections Against The Historical Character Of The Early Portions Of The Old Testament, And Settled Down Into A Willing Acquiescence In The General Truth Of The Narrative, Whatever Difficulties Might Still Hang About Particular Parts Of It In Short, The Doctrinal And Devotional Portions Of The Bible Were What Were Needed Most In Parochial Duty And, If A Passage Of The Old Testament Formed At Any Time The Subject Of A Sermon, It Was Easy To Draw From It Practical Lessons Of Daily Life, Without Examining Closely Into The Historical Truth Of The Name Tive It Is True, There Were One Or Two Stories, Which Presented Great Difficulties, Too Prominent Not To Be Noticed, And Which Were Brought Every Now And Then Before Us In The Lessons Of The Church, Such, For Instance, As The Account Of The Creation And The Deluge But, On The Whole, I Found So Much Of Divine Light And Life In These And Other Parts Of The Sacred Book, So Much Wherewith To Feed My Own Soul And The Souls Of Others, That I Was Content To Take All This For Granted, As Being True In The Main, However Wonderful, And As Being At Least Capable, In An Extreme Case, Of Some Sufficient Explanation.Here, However, As I Have Said, Amidst My Work In This Land, I Have Been Brought Face To Face With The Very Questions Which I Then Put By While Translating The Story Of The Flood, I Have Had A Simple Minded, But Intelligent, Native, One With The Docility Of A Child, But The Reasoning Powers Of Mature Age, Look Up, And Ask, Is All That True Do You Really Believe That All This Happened Thus, That All The Beasts, And Birds, And Creeping Things, Upon The Earth, Large And Small, From Hot Countries And Cold, Came Thus By Pairs, And Entered Into The Ark With Noah And Did Noah Gather Food For Them All, For The Beasts And Birds Of Prey, As Well As The Rest P My Heart Answered In The Words Of The Prophet, Shall A Man Speak Lies In The Name Of The Loun Zech.xiii.3 I Dared Not Do So My Own Knowledge Of Some Branches Of Science, Of Geology In Particular, Had Been Much Increased Since I Left England And Inow Knew For Certain, On Geological Grounds A Fact, Of Which I Had Only Had Misgivings Before, Viz That, A Universal Deluge, Such As The Bible Manifestly Speaks Of, Could Not Possibly Have Taken Place In The Way Described In The Book Of Genesis, Not To Mention Other Difficulties Which The Story Contains.About The PublisherForgotten Books Publishes Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Classic Books Find At Www.forgottenbooks.comThis Book Is A Reproduction Of An Important Historical Work Forgotten Books Uses State Of The Art Technology To Digitally Reconstruct The Work, Preserving The Original Format Whilst Repairing Imperfections Present In The Aged Copy In Rare Cases, An Imperfection In The Original, Such As A Blemish Or Missing Page, May Be Replicated In Our Edition We Do, However, Repair The Vast Majority Of Imperfections Successfully Any Imperfections That Remain Are Intentionally Left To Preserve The State Of Such Historical Works.
John William Colenso 1814 1883 was a British mathematician, theologian, Biblical scholar and social activist, who was the first Church of England Bishop of Natal He was the father of
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