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WRITTEN PARTLY ON SUNDRY OF THE MORE DIFFI.
CULT PASSAGES IN THE
Of I KNOW BUT ONE BOOK, THAT CAN JUSTIFY OUR IMPLICIT AC-
QUIESCENCE IN IT; AND ON THAT BOOK, A NOBLE DISDAIN OF
PRINTED at WORCESTER :
BY ISAIAH THOMAS, JUN.
THAT thick darkness overprsead the church after the irruptions of the northern barbarians, and the defolations which they occafioned in the Roman empire, is known and acknowledged. Those conquerors professed the religion of the conquered ; but corrupted and Spoiled it. Like the new Jettlers in the kingdom of Ephraim, they feared the Lord and served their own gods. In those corruptions Antichristian error and domination originated. The tyranny of opinion became terrible, and long held human minds ensaved. Few had sentiments of their own. The orders of the vatican were received as the mandates of heaven. But at last fome discerning and intrepid mortals arole who saw the absurdity and impiety of the reigning superslition, and dareu to disclose them to a wondering world! Among thoje bold re. formers, LUTHER, CALVIN and a few contemporary wortha ies, hold a distinguished rank. Greatly is the church indebt. ed to them for the light which they diffused, and the reforma. ‘tion which they effected. But fill the light was imperfect.
Dark Mades remained. This particularly appeared in the dogmatism and bigotry of these same reformers, who often prohibited further inquiries, or emendations! They had differed from Rome, but no body must differ from them! As though the infallibility which they denied to another, had been transferred to themselves !
Too many others, and in more enlightened times, have discovered a strange measure of the same spirit.....a spzrit which hath damped inquiry and prevented improvement.
Hence, probably, the filence of some expositors on difficult scriptures, and the sameness observable in some others For the complaint of the poet is not without reason,
“That commentators each dark passage shun,
And the sameness which we see in several writers is probably diftated by fear of hngularity, and of incurring the charge of heresy. Minds are different. IVhen a dozeir expositors interpret a difficult text alike, they must, for some reason, have borrowed from one another.