BRAINWAVES
VI.  Quotations
Churchill On Moses The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, "Moses", from the collection of essays Thoughts and Adventures, first published November 1932; (London: Odhams, 1947 edition) pp.224-5: "Books   are   written   in   many   languages   upon   the   question   of   how   much   of   this   was   due   to Moses.   Devastating,   inexorable   modern   study   and   criticism   have   proved   that   the   Pentateuch constitutes   a   body   of   narrative   and   doctrine   which   came   into   being   over   at   least   the   compass of   several   centuries.   We   reject,   however,   with   scorn   all   those   learned   and   laboured   myths that   Moses   was   but   a   legendary   figure   upon   whom   the   priesthood   and   the   people   hung   their essential   social,   moral,   and   religious   ordinances.   We   believe   that   the   most   scientific   view, the   most   up-to-date   and   rationalistic   conception,   will   find   its   fullest   satisfaction   in   taking   the Bible   story   literally,   and   in   identifying   one   of   the   greatest   of   human   beings   with   the   most decisive   leap   forward   ever   discernible   in   the   human   story.   We   remain   unmoved   by   the   tomes of   Professor   Gradgrind   and   Dr.   Dryasdust.   We   may   be   sure   that   all   these   things   happened just   as   they   are   set   out   according   to   Holy   Writ.   We   may   believe   that   they   happened   to   people not   so   very   different   from   ourselves,   and   that   the   impressions   those   people   received   were faithfully   recorded   and   have   been   transmitted   across   the   centuries   with   far   more   accuracy than   many   of   the   telegraphed   accounts   we   read   of   the   goings-on   of   today.   In   the   words   of   a forgotten   work   of   Mr.   Gladstone,   we   rest   with   assurance   upon   'The   impregnable   rock   of   Holy Scripture.'"  "Let   the   men   of   science   and   of   learning   expand   their   knowledge   and   probe   with   their researches   every   detail   of   the   records   which   have   been   preserved   to   us   from   these   dim ages.   All   they   will   do   is   to   fortify   the   grand   simplicity   and   essential   accuracy   of   the   recorded truths which have lighted so far the pilgrimage of man."