Why Men Attack the Bible, and The Personal Price They Pay—John Dickinson

American Founding Father, John Dickinson (1732-1808)


There seems to be a disposition in men to find fault, no difficult matter, rather than to act as they ought. The works of creation itself have been objected to: and one learned prince declared, that if he had been consulted, they would have been improved. With what book has so much fault been found, as with the Bible? Perhaps, principally, because it so clearly and strongly enjoins men do do right. How many, how plausible objections have been made against it, with how much ardor, how much pains? Yet, the book has done more good than all the books in the world; would do much more, if duly regarded; and might lead the objectors against it to happiness, if they would value it as they should.

Source: John Dickinson: The Letters of Fabius—Containing Observations on the Constitution Proposed by the Federal Convention—Letter IV, 1788.

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