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The Lights of the Church and the Light of Science by Thomas Henry Huxley
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The Lights of the Church and the Light of Science
by Thomas Henry Huxley
This is Essay #6 from "Science and Hebrew Tradition"




There are three ways of regarding any account of past
occurrences, whether delivered to us orally or recorded
in writing.

The narrative may be exactly true. That is to say, the words,
taken in their natural sense, and interpreted according to the
rules of grammar, may convey to the mind of the hearer, or of
the reader an idea precisely correspondent with one which would
have remained in the mind of a witness. For example, the
statement that King Charles the First was beheaded at Whitehall
on the 30th day of January 1649, is as exactly true as any
proposition in mathematics or physics; no one doubts that any
person of sound faculties, properly placed, who was present at
Whitehall throughout that day, and who used his eyes, would have
seen the King's head cut off; and that there would have remained
in his mind an idea of that occurrence which he would have put
into words of the same value as those which we use to