One of the greatest obstructions to an intelligent, rational, and systematic interpretation and understanding of the Bible has been, and is yet. indeed, for many people, the hard and fast notions which have been entertained on the subject of the literal or verbal inspiration of the Bible, its absolute inerrancy, and the almost superstitious veneration and awe with which the book has been regarded merely as a book, a feeling which, in some instances, seems to fall little short of fetishism.
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