ANCIENT WORD, CHANGING WORLDS
Mark Twain, as only he could, once said, “It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.”1 Of course, you have figured out that he was speaking of the Bible, otherwise referred to as the Good Book. That book has had its defenders and detractors, champions and critics, friends and foes. Perhaps in no time has the Bible been more a subject of controversy, however, than in the modern age, this age of Mark Twain and of the rise of modern science and of rapid and cataclysmic change.