Free Friday! In His Image

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is In His Image by William Jennings Bryan. Click here to download.

We give the atheist too much latitude; we allow him to ask all the questions and we try to answer them. I know of no reason why the Christian should take upon himself the difficult task of answering all questions and give to the atheist the easy task of asking them. Any one can ask questions, but not every question can be answered. If I am to discuss creation with an atheist it will be on condition that we ask questions about. He may ask the first one if he wishes, but he shall not ask a second one until he answers my first.

In these lectures from Union Theological Seminary, William Bryan has in mind two thoughts, first, the confirming of the faith of men and women, especially the young, in a Creator, all-powerful, all-wise, and all-loving, in a Bible, as the very Word of a Living God and in Christ as Son of God and Saviour of the world; second, the applying of the principles of our religion to every problem in life. His purpose is to prove, not only the fact of God, but the need of God, the fact of the Bible and the need of the Bible, and the fact of Christ and the need of a Saviour.

William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925) was the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 1896, 1900 and 1908. He was a lawyer and at the age of 36, Bryan remains the youngest presidential nominee of a major party in American history. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a peace advocate, an opponent of Darwinism, and one of the most prominent leaders of populism in the late 19th and early 20th century. Because of his faith in the goodness and rightness of the common people, he was called “The Great Commoner.”

In the intensely fought 1896 and 1900 elections he was defeated by William McKinley but retained control of the Democratic Party. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him Secretary of State in 1913, but Wilson’s handling of the Lusitania crisis in 1915 caused Bryan to resign in protest.

In 1925, Bryan faced off in the courtroom against Clarence Darrow in the famous ‘Scopes Trial’ held in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial tested whether evolution could be taught in schools and Bryan represented the views of creationists who supported a literal interpretation of the Biblical creation story. Though Bryan won, the conviction of John Scopes, a Tennessee teacher who had purposely broken the law, was later overturned. Immediately after the trial, Bryan continued to edit and deliver speeches. On Sunday, July 26, 1925, he drove from Chattanooga to Dayton attended a church service, ate a meal and died (the result of diabetes and fatigue) in his sleep that afternoon — just five days after the Scopes trial ended.

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