The following is taken from an anniversary sermon during the Universalist Church’s 50th anniversary. Notice how the speaker talks of how they used to believe that the Bible was literally true…true until Charles Darwin.
“At the beginning of the last half of the nineteenth century, the theological world was resting quietly and comfortably in the consciousness of the strength of its teaching and prestige.
The Bible was literally true; not one single mistake did it contain, and the most vindictive words of warring kings were of equal value and authority with the sublime passages of the Psalms, of the prophets, and of Jesus. The world was obedient and quiet, when suddenly, like some profound disturbance in a clear sky, a book appeared that was to start an intellectual movement that in the end was destined to give a new birth to the human mind and shake creeds and faiths to their final foundations, yea, even to completely destroy some of the foundation stones upon which faith and religion were supposed to rest.
It was in 1859 that Charles Darwin gave the world his ‘Origin of Species,’ and it was from then that the scientific method began to be applied and men began to rely upon the method and believe in the results that it revealed”
(This was the problem men began to rely on Charles Darwin and not God.)
We have already hinted at the character of the modern Bible which reverent and consecrated students of the Scriptures have made possible. Our only purpose in turning to it here is to show that, although the old literally inspired book of authority has gone never to return, the great essential ideas contained therein have not been injured in the slightest degree. Rather, belief in God, in freedom and power through righteousness, and in the larger destiny was never so strong as at present.
( Can you imagine that these folks now state from the vanity of their own mind that the “old literally inspired book of authority has gone forever?)
Ps 119:89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Ps 119:90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
 History of the First Universalist Church in Somerville, Mass. Illustrated; A Souvenir of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrated February 15-21, 1904 (43). Medford, MA: Perseus Digital Library.
 History of the First Universalist Church in Somerville, Mass. Illustrated; A Souvenir of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrated February 15-21, 1904 (45). Medford, MA: Perseus Digital Library.
Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 4:13 AM CDT