The human mind is greater than any book. The mind sits in judgment on every book. If there be truth in the book, we take it; if error, we discard it. Why refer this to the Bible? In this country, the Bible has been used to support slavery and capital punishment; while in the old countries, it has been quoted to sustain all manner of tyranny and persecution. All reforms are anti-Bible. —
William Lloyd Garrison, remarks at the 5th national woman’s rights conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 1854. (via deconversionmovement)
The line that stood out for me here was “What question was ever settled by the Bible?" Most of the questions that people have ever thought to be settled by the Bible turned out to be wrong (where the world came from), very wrong (the role of women in society), or very, very wrong (justifications for slavery).