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1851. Excerpt: ... Rousseau and Volney represent man, says Dr.
Wiseman, as the "mutum et turpe pecus" of the ancients, thrown,
according to the words of the latter, as it were, by chance, on a
confused and savage land--an orphan abandoned by the unknown hand
that had produced him, and left to discover the first elements of
social life, the first rudiments of civilization and government
Even the religious teacher has caught the popular fallacy, and
asserts it to be a law of humanity, that the physical always
precedes the moral. From the venerable retreats of Yale is heard
the following language from one who professes to be a teacher of
Christianity, who has been honored with the degree of a Doctor of
Sacred Theology: "Religion is physical in its first tendencies, a
thing of outward doing--a lamb burned on on an altar of turf, and
rolling up its smoke into the heavens--a gorgeous priesthood--a
temple covered with a kingdom's gold, and shining afar in barbaric
splendor. Well is it if the sun and stars of heaven do not look
down upon a nation of prostrate worshipers. "Nay, it is well if the
hands do not fashion their own god, and bake them into consistency
in fires of their own kindling. But in later ages, God is a
Spirit--religion takes a character of intellectual simplicity and
enthrones itself on the summits of reason. It is now wholly
Spiritual--a power in the Soul." This is a somewhat startling
proposition, in whatever gorgeous language it may be clothed, and
teaches, if it teaches any thing, that Christianity itself is
evolved by the progress of man, who at first is an idolater,
adoring the host of heaven, and bowing down in temples covered with
gold, to the images his own hands have made, and worshiping in his
infancy and necessary ignorance, the material and physical, w...
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