Monday, May 7, 2012

John Adams on the Bible's tangled history as a text

"What suspicions of interpolation, and indeed of fabrication, might not be confuted if we had the originals!  In an age or in ages when fraud, forgery, and perjury were considered as lawful means of propagating the truth by philosophers, legislators and theologians, what may not be suspected?"

- Marginal note written by John Adams in John Disney's Memoirs (1785), quoted in The Founders on Religion, A Book of Quotations, edited by James H. Hutson (Princeton University Press: 2005), pg. 26.

1 comment:

Phil Johnson said...

That seems to be the question of the ages.