Secondhand information lacks

We are not exacting when we demand that each candid man should read the Bible for himself. In testing a book, which professes to be the revelation of God’s mind, we shall act unworthily if we trust to others, be they who they may. Secondhand information lacks assurance and vividness; a personal investigation is far more satisfactory and beneficial.

Many other books have been warmly praised by their readers; but we have never yet met with any other volume which has commanded such frequent enthusiasm and such devoted affection as the Bible: neither have we heard of one which answers so many and such divers purposes in connection with the lives of men.

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