Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Beecher on Bibles and Telescopes

 

“The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but, if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that.” — Henry Ward Beecher

Sunday was Henry Ward Beecher’s 205th birthday.

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  1. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor

    Beecher’s Bibles. Apparently a bible is also like a scope?

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    • June 23, 2018, at 11:47 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Hank Rhody, Possibly Mad (View Comment):

    Beecher’s Bibles. Apparently a bible is also like a scope?

    That’s the one.

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    • June 24, 2018, at 12:33 AM PDT
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  3. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Not that I want to turn this into a limerick thread, but:

    The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher,
    Called a hen an elegant creature,
    The hen, pleased with that,
    Laid an egg in his hat,
    And thus did the hen reward Beecher.

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    • June 24, 2018, at 3:23 AM PDT
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  4. iWe Reagan
    iWe Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Great quote! 

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    • June 24, 2018, at 4:06 AM PDT
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Excellent! Short, sweet and profound!

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    • June 24, 2018, at 7:23 AM PDT
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  6. E. Kent Golding Member

    Arahant:

    After yesterday, I thought maybe I should avoid Bibles,…

    What happened yesterday? I don’t get the reference.

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    • June 24, 2018, at 10:28 AM PDT
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  7. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Arahant:

    After yesterday, I thought maybe I should avoid Bibles,…

    What happened yesterday? I don’t get the reference.

    My Quote of the Day choice was a little more divisive:

    https://ricochet.com/529516/qotd-20180623-alan-turing-on-theological-arguments/

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    • June 24, 2018, at 11:54 AM PDT
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  8. Ontheleftcoast Member

    Hm. Speaking of Kansas and Missouri, I’m overdue for another screening of The Outlaw Josey Wales.

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    • June 25, 2018, at 1:41 PM PDT
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  9. Skyler Coolidge

    And the problem with the telescope is that everyone is fighting over how to use the focus knob.

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    • June 25, 2018, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  10. Rōnin Inactive

    Arahant (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Arahant:

    After yesterday, I thought maybe I should avoid Bibles,…

    What happened yesterday? I don’t get the reference.

    My Quote of the Day choice was a little more divisive:

    https://ricochet.com/529516/qotd-20180623-alan-turing-on-theological-arguments/

    What’s that you say? You did not expect a Spanish Inquisition? No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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    • June 25, 2018, at 6:14 PM PDT
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  11. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Rōnin (View Comment):
    No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

    Oh, I did expect them.

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    • June 25, 2018, at 6:29 PM PDT
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  12. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    And what took you so long?

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    • June 25, 2018, at 6:30 PM PDT
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  13. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    Arahant:

    “The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but, if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that.” — Henry Ward Beecher

    Anyone care to guess what he meant by that?

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    • June 25, 2018, at 11:28 PM PDT
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  14. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    TheSockMonkey (View Comment):
    OK, but what did he mean by that?

    Personally, I can’t speak for the gent, and he’s sort of dead, if you know what I mean? I do know what I see in his statement, though.

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    • June 25, 2018, at 11:30 PM PDT
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