The fundamental question in theology is, “Is the Bible from God, and of absolute authority in faith and practice?” If we heartily answer in the affirmative, we have a starting point from which we may seek truth. If we are not persuaded of this, then we are as one drifting at sea. The author of this book doubted that the Bible had any divine authority, but he was determined to study it with an unbiased viewpoint until he reached his own conclusions. Afterwards, he claimed with absolute confidence the divine origin, authority, and power of the Book. It is impossible to put all the reasons for that confidence into a limited number of words; but some of the reasons that will appeal to those with common sense are given in the book, with the hope that they will bring to others the joy and blessing the writer himself enjoyed after having crossed from darkness into light. About the Editor Ruben Archer Torrey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1856. Torrey graduated from Yale University and Yale Divinity School and studied at the universities of Leipsic and Erlangen. He was pastor of the Congregational Church, Garretsville (1878-82); Open Door Church, Minneapolis (1883-86); superintendent of the Minneapolis City Missionary Society (1886-89); pastor of People's Church, Minneapolis (1887-89); superintendent of Chicago Evangelization Society and Moody Bible Institute (1889-1908), having meanwhile been pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, Chicago (1894-1905). In December of 1901, he engaged in evangelistic work, this involved a remarkable series of overseas tours, including meetings in Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and at home. Torrey consented in 1912 to head the newly formed Bible Institute of Los Angeles (Biola). Torrey stayed at Biola until 1924. Despite his various demanding duties, Torrey produced a large number of written works. Torrey was one of the compilers of The Fundamentals, for which he wrote many famous articles expounding conservative Protestantism (published from 1910 to 1915). In his later years, Torrey returned to Moody Bible Institute as a lecturer from 1924 until his death in 1928. Torrey carried out several crucial roles and wide-reaching ministries that had few parallels among American leaders of conservative Protestantism in the early twentieth century. Some of his better known published works are: How to Bring Men to Christ, (His first book, published in 1893) Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, New Topical Textbook also known as A Scripture Textbook for the use of Ministers, Teachers, and all Christian Workers, How to Promote and Conduct a Successful Revival, The Fundamentals, (Editor), and many others.
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