The Christian' s Bible is a drug store. Its contents ' 1.: ii'' ii" t'' Tml
remain the same; but the medical practice . A '
changes... The world has corrected the Bible. The
church never corrects it; and also never fails to drop ():; s . "
in at the tail of the procession- and take the credit of H '. -
the correction. During many ages there were
witches. The Bible said so. the Bible commanded
that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore
the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up
its halters, , and firebrands, and set
about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it
night and day during nine centuries and
imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole
hordes and armies of witches, and washed the
Christian world clean with their foul blood.
Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One
does not know whether to laugh or to are no witches. The witch text remains;
only the practice has changed. Hell fire is gone, but the text remains. Infant damnation is
gone, but the text remains. More than two hundred death penalties are gone from the law
books, but the texts that authorized them remain.
Bible Teaching and Religious Practice," Europe and Elsewhere