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Page 8 - But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
Page 3 - Smith developed his theory of a religion based upon science and nature in a dissertation entitled: "Nature the Basis of a True Theology."" "The scientific study of nature, in her earth, sea, and sky, should be our chief mental employment ; for then should we be kept in the sphere of facts and certainties, and from confounding fancies with facts and fictions with certainties. Thus kept, we should increase rapidly in the knowledge of God and man.
Page 5 - ... certainties, and from confounding fancies with facts and fictions with certainties. Thus kept, we should increase rapidly in the knowledge of God and man." Then he held the churches responsible for man's slow progress toward enlightenment. "What a deplorable and disgusting spectacle does the disingenuous Christian Church present. She claims to be, by force of her infallible traditions, her infallible Bible and its infallible interpretations, the infallible teacher of mankind. And yet she is busy...
Page 6 - ... traditions, her infallible Bible and its infallible interpretations, the infallible teacher of mankind. And yet she is busy shutting out from her dark inclosures the constantly and every-where breaking light of natural science." "How much longer must this theological trust be allowed to abuse our patience ! How much longer must the darkness and the myths of the past be allowed to shut out the light and facts of the present !" Smith not only refused to accept the Bible as the final and infallible...