Historic Doubts Respecting Shakspeare; Illustrating Infidel Objections Against the Bible

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General Books, 2009 - 262 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...influence of Infidelity and its natural consequences; nothing prevented it but the return of Christianity, though even in a corrupted form. Never may the sun shine on another scene of such national disgrace, of such individual ruin, of such social wretchedness, and of such universal and terrific wreck! Passing from this instance of a more general nature, we add, that all the great instances of individual ferocity and depravity, which the world has seen, grace the annals of Infidelity. Among ancient heathens, the most notorious public enemies were unbelievers in regard to the popular superstitions which prevailed. And as the principle of contempt for religion is at bottom always the same, we may add, that all other men eminent for depravity in Christian lands and ages, were infidels. Among this list of worthies may be named Danton, Mirabeau, Fouche, Bonaparte, Borgia, Machiavelli, Robespierre, as well as others known for less striking crimes, Payne, Voltaire, Marat, Frederick the Great, Rousseau. An equal list of incarnate depravity no age, or nation, or association of men can possibly produce. Infidelity impedes holiness and purity so directly, that even if a man, by some strange mental accident, should be theoretically an infidel, and yet would have any impulses toward what was virtuous and benevolent, he would find his greatest impediments from his own system. This might, indeed, be inferred from the fact that it so strongly promotes vice of every sort. How can any system be favorable to virtue, when it removes every motive to its culture? Infidelity represents it as an evidence of weakness to practice the principles of moral rectitude. It makes it even disgraceful to be good; thereby removing that outward desire for respectability which sometimes throws ...

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