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“…We have no assurance that any physical perfection can be made use of in the world above

…neither have we any assurance that the perfections of the mind survive the day of death.”

– William Jennings Bryan, from his book In His Image

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On this date 3/13 in 1925 Governor Austin Peay (6/1/1876 – 10/2/1927) of Tennessee (elected 1922, 1924, 1926) signed the Butler Act into law making it “unlawful for any teacher [in the state educational system] to teach any theory that denied the story of the divine creation of man as taught in the Bible.”  The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) [a misnomer?] announced it would back a person challenging the constitutionality of the act.  They found “their man” (man defending monkey) in John Thomas Scopes (1900-1970).  The Scopes Monkey Trial has been called “trial of the century” and pitted Clarence Darrow against three time Democratic Presidential candidate, William Jennings Bryan.  Bryan won.

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He warned against investments…which would divert the affections from the great purpose of life.     

            – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 76.

 

…Love is the weapon for which there is no shield.

                  – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 158.

 

…We have no assurance that any physical perfection can be made use of in the world above

…neither have we any assurance that the perfections of the mind survive the day of death.            

           – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 160-161.

 

Eloquence…the speech of one who knows what he is talking about and means what he is saying—it is thought on fire.

                  – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 250.

 

 

William Jennings Bryan died this date, 7/26/1925.  He was a Democratic Presidential candidate in 1896, 1900, and 1908, who later served as Secretary of State.  He wrote the above and Famous Figures of the OT (1923) Seven Questions in Dispute (1924) and Memoirs (1925).  Bryan was born at Salem, IL, 3/19/1860.

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…Home earth’s only paradise…

     – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 16.

 It is more important that you trust the Rock of Ages

            than that you know the age of the rocks.

      – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 39.

 

No mental processes can stop the mad race for money.  Man must be born again. 

     – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 43.

 

I challenge the doctrine now being taught that we must enter into a mad rivalry with the Old World in the building of battleships, the doctrine that the only way to preserve peace is to get ready for wars that ought never to come!  It is a barbarous brutual, un-Christian doctrine – the doctrine of darkness, not the doctrine of the dawn.

     – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 192.

 

Love of money is probably more responsible for modern wars than any other one cause…the blood of many being shed to enrich a few.  

      – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 233.

William Jennings Bryan on this date 7/8/1896 at the Democratic National Convention, gave his famous speech 1896, supporting “the little man” of America, “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” 

What a shame and pity that neither Democrats nor Republicans can find a man of like caliber today.  God be merciful to America.

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It is more important that you trust the Rock of Ages than that you know the age of the rocks.

                – William Jennings Bryan, Bible and Its Enemies, The

                                 (Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Ass’n, 1921) 39.

 

No mental processes can stop the mad race for money.  Man must be born again. 

                – William Jennings Bryan, Bible and Its Enemies, The

                                 (Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Ass’n, 1921) 43.

 

Evil forces do not hurt for men to do their bidding.  Today is the day (5/5/1925) that a young high school biology teacher, John Scopes, was arrested for teaching the “theory of evolution” in Dayton, Tennessee. 

William Jennings Bryan, a Christian rightly defended the Bible and right in the “Scopes Monkey Trial.”  Mr. Bryan, three times contender (Democrat) for the presidency of the US, died shortly after this historic trial.

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Heather Colwell Bryan’s the name.

If that seems odd, Dad and Mom are to blame.

Heather is some kind of wild flower, I guess,

To be a botanist, you see, I don’t profess,

But that’s what they call me, just the same.

 

Colwell I know a bit more about;

Pop’s Mom was one, that much I’ve found out.

Good people, those Colwells;

Though some I’ve not met.

The girls changed their name (Uncle John hasn’t yet.)

Believe I’ll keep mine, for all of life’s route.

 

My last name’s just like William Jennings Bryan.

(All three would be, if I’d been a boy – no lyin’.)

So there you have it, my names complete,

Until at the altar (D.V.) my husband I meet.

And that’s too far away now for sighin’ and cryin’.

Tweet, tweet.                            -eab, 3/20/1975

 

 

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…Selfthe most popular of all the false gods…

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 75.

 

There is more science in the twenty-fourth verse of the first chapter of Genesis…than in all Darwin wrote.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 94.

 

What shall it profit a man if he shall gain all the learning of the schools and lose his faith in God?

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 118.

 

…The worship of the intellectan idolatry as deadly to spiritual progress as the worship of images…

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 127.

           

One can afford to be in a minority but he cannot afford to be wrong.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 189.

 

…Confucius…Buddha…Mahomet…Hindu [followers of these] except where they have borrowed from Christian nations…have made no progress in fifteen hundred years.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 202.

 

War is not a private affair; it disturbs the commerce of the world obstructs the ocean’s highways and kills innocent bystanders.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 231.

 

The preacher should be the boldest of men because of the unselfish character of his work.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 261.

William Jennings Bryan was born this date (3/19/1860) in Salem, IL.  He was Democratic contender for the US presidency three-times and Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson until he felt Wilson compromised and Bryan resigned.  He has been called America’s best-known fundamentalist between the uncivil war to the great depression.

 

As a Presbyterian layman, lawyer, and Christian, he defended and won (1925) for the state a victory against the teaching of evolution, in the Tennessee “Scopes Monkey Trial.  Bryan College is named for this great man.  He is also know for his “Cross of Gold” speech 7/8/1896, Chicago.

 

 

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