It would be disgraceful to borrow second-hand criticisms, and turn the Bible away unheard. It ought not to be read hurriedly, for that is not fair to any author who is dealing seriously with weighty subjects. A Book which master-minds have reverenced can only be despised by fools.
To read the Bible is to feel that it is full of power: a man must be willfully wicked who should refuse this verdict, even if he hated that power.
It has more thought in it than its opponents could have displayed. Their counter-thought is only Bible-truth turned upside down, and therefore it owes its origin to the Book it assails. A singular fact may here be mentioned; it is certain that those who love this Book best are those who have read it most, and, as a general rule, those who rail at it have not attained to more than a scanty knowledge of it.
—Charles H. Spurgeon
The Clue of the Maze (Passmore & Alabaster, 1892).