Devil's Pulpit: or Astro-Theological Sermons by Robert Taylor

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T h u s history, philology, and science, combine in one great trinity of demonstration, to prove the falsehood of the gospel. T h e radicals, of our text, read philologically—that is, according to their first types, throw up the perfect and complete astronomy. 's P U L P I T . * were Dy no means entitled. T h e v are not called wise men, but Magi—that is. magicians, OT conjurors: notwithstanding the strong reason which some may think they have to suspect that they were no conjurors. * But bring, I pray (as you would in all other sciences), bring down the rich stores of the knowledge already acquired, to aid ye in the further demonstrations to which now we tend.

T h u s Jesus Christus, is good Latin, but Jesus Christ, is neither good Latin, nor good English, nor THE DEVIL'S PULPIT. 21 good sense. F o r in taking away the Latin termination from Christus, to render it into the English, Christ, we should take away the L a t i n termination from Jesus, and render it into Jes. T h e Greek word for Jesus, being U

T h u s , sir, I think it must be as clear as the Sun to all w h o would not turn f r o m the Sun, and prefer darkness to light, and idiotcy, folly, and faith ; to learning, reason, and philosophy ; that I have done w h a t £ took in h a n d ; that I have brought down such a stream of science upon this stable of B e t h l e h e m , as h a s washed a w a y the accumulated ignorance of barbarous ages, and cleansed your hearts and minds from all respect for the gospel, as a history, or for those stupid bunglers w h o h a v e mistaken it for a h i s t o r y ; and having once made the m i s t a k e , would never endure to h a v e their error corrected, or their information extended.

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