Your gracious Majesty, I present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords.…” What was this priceless object handed to Queen Elizabeth at her coronation by the Archbishop of Canterbury? What did he give to this woman who owned enormous estates and treasures of diamonds, rubies, gold, and silver? What was it she received gratefully, acknowledging with a nod of her crowned head that she agreed with the prelate’s assessment of the volume? It was the Holy Bible. The Queen knew from her upbringing that the Word contains what no amount of money could buy—the secret of eternal life.

In spite of the Church’s official estimate of the Scriptures, the Queen’s valuation of the Book, and the inspiration and comfort millions of persons find daily in its pages, the Bible has never been more fiercely attacked nor its contents so dogmatically labeled myths and legends than it is today—and much of this from men sworn to be “defenders of the faith.”

We are living in times of incredible scientific achievement. We have penetrated outer space and have split the atom. Therefore, says modern man, we have matured; we do not need God any more. His Word is full of error; we cannot accept it.

No one rejoiced in the accomplishments of science more than Winston Churchill; yet he maintained his belief in the Bible. He declared:

I believe that the most scientific view finds its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally. I remain unmoved by the tomes of “Professor Gradgrind” or “Dr. Dryasdust.” We may be sure that all these things happened to people not very different from ourselves, and that the impressions they received were faithfully recorded [Thoughts and Adventures, 1932].

John Foster Dulles acknowledged the wonders ...

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