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Al Dobko | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Oct 22 2014 6:54 PM

Hey guys... I'm looking for a quote that says something like:

a man alone in a room with a Bible will know more what's going on in the world...

The idea being that a Bible was more useful than a newspaper for current events, etc. I thought I had the quote but can't find it in my library and I can't remember where I read it... Anybody have that in their stuff? Thanks...

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:15 PM

I tried several different search strings and could not locate anything. Sorry

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:28 PM

I've search quite a bit too with no good results. Sorry.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:33 PM

Me three. 

I have heard some preachers say similar things, but nobody well know.

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toughski | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 8:34 PM

the closest that I came up with:

"If we may judge by the history of the church, both in early and modern times, a man of true religious feeling needs nothing but a room and a Bible, in order to produce the greatest results. The one thing essential is not new plans, new experiments, and daily changes, but a belief in the power of the permanent truths of the Christian religion, and a devotion to these, and to these alone."—The Times.

Spurgeon, C. H. (1878). The Sword and Trowel: 1878 (p. 43). London: Passmore & Alabaster.

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Kelvin Niblett | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 23 2014 4:18 AM

Al Dobko:

Hey guys... I'm looking for a quote that says something like:

a man alone in a room with a Bible will know more what's going on in the world...

The idea being that a Bible was more useful than a newspaper for current events, etc. I thought I had the quote but can't find it in my library and I can't remember where I read it... Anybody have that in their stuff? Thanks...

Here is a lead

Indeed, some historians do not hesitate to treat Luther’s high opinion of church and ministry as a logical inconsistency. “A man alone in his room with God and God’s Word, the Bible, like Luther in his tower room—this [according to E. Harris Harbison] would be the true picture of a Christian,” had Luther been more logically inclined.4

B. A. Gerrish, The Old Protestantism and the New: Essays on the Reformation Heritage (London; New York: T&T Clark, 2004), 91.

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E. Harris Harbison, The Age of Reformation (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1955), p. 50.

B. A. Gerrish, The Old Protestantism and the New: Essays on the Reformation Heritage (London; New York: T&T Clark, 2004).

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Al Dobko | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 23 2014 3:22 PM

Those might be it; that's awesome thanks guys!

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Kelvin Niblett | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 23 2014 11:06 PM

The Swiss theologian Karl Barth said that the preacher must have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.

That's a different perspective to the above statement, but still gold.

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