The Works of Soame Jenyns, Esq. Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1790 edition. Excerpt: ...author, much less can we be assured of it through the fallacious mediums of tradition or history; for whoever observes the propensity men have to impose upon themselves and others, how difficult it is to come at a true representation of the commonest fact, even at the distance of a few miles, or a few years, will be easily convinced, that all human tradition can be nothing more than a complication of designed fraud and inevitable error; a glass which misrepresents all objects by magnifying or diminishing diminishing them, just as it is placed by the hand of knavery for the inspection of folly and credulity. History, indeed, carries with it a greater authority, but must ever be liable to infinite imperfections: we can never be certain that the writers of it, being men, were not imposed upon themselves, or did not intend to impose on others; and therefore its original evidence cannot be conclusive, and must grow daily weaker in proportion to its antiquity; it must necessarily be subject to all uncertainties proceeding from the variation of languages and customs, ig true, can never be demonstrated by a relation not impossible to be false. If it be said, that God may inspire the writers of such important records with infallibility; I answer, the proof that he has so inspired them will be attended with no less difficulty, than the proof of that divine authority which is to be established by it; and it must ever be absurd to prove the truth of a revelation by the infallibility of its records, and the infallibility of its records from the truth of the revelation. It is plain, therefore, that, though infinite goodness may reveal a religion to so imperfect a creature as man, yet infinite power cannot, by reason of that imperfection, give to that...
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