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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - October 3, 1829, Boston, Massachusetts34the Jesuit. Lings these rash and silly opium of intellect who know nothing of religion except through the jaundiced medium of prejudice or passion who Rake out of the rubbish of info Clity and heresy some Musty argument with which they in potently As Well As impudently and i piously endeavour to assail the indestructible edifice of christianity and presume to a Aluminate it without knowing its tenets or its history. What shall these Dure to Lisp a syllable against religion and its divine founder because it inculcates the necessity of self renunciation and of compelling the stubborn Pride of degraded nature to walk in the path of humility which enlightened by the shining lumps of True Faith and Good works leads to salvation 1 will they therefore proclaim their contemptible incredulity would they in the concerns of Fortune honour quid life Manifest a similar inconsistency 1 sri Nej ils if occasionally serves As another cause of our . Happy in general Are they whose m Emory enriched by n Long course of study has become an inexhaustible mine whence draw treasures Ever new. When erudition is it influenced by sound judgment by a mind o f a Superior East we May naturally expect tint most important and useful result but it will 1 get Apt to act upon a weak mind As an overwhelming weight. It is in immense collection of knowledge which if the mind lie idea Tible of discerning a it preen rating and regular no i i a proper manner will serve merely us Noto. Iau without line ing an architect Quot to it proper impulse or direction or to shape it it 1� practical Utility. Science without judge i ent will assuredly lend its possessor astray. 1 distracted and dazzled by a thousand differ ent lights lie cannot distinguish the True site. It is thus that we frequently meet with prot found grammarians who Are but indifferent writers and very Learned men who arc p Oor critics and fall into puerile conceits and errors. Their judgment hear no Pri a portion to their memory and lost it the intricate mazes of a labyrinth they have no Condo. Chug clue Rio direct their movements. On to us principle can we explain Bow liar Douin the celebrated Jesuit and one of the a Irea test aum who Ever lived wandered u Ito the adds of fancy and thereby become an object of laughter and pity. In this no was , and far surpassed by some Learned men of the last nod present Century who on the subject of the divine author of our religion fell into errors the most ridiculous and unfortunately the most prejudicial to their morals and their souls. The. False application of the i inc tilts of truth is another source of error. The human mind is employed in the various departments of knowledge. The intellectual and physical world is its Domain. It is incessant in Quot its search after truth. Nor can it he persuaded that it has found it unless it feels its divine irresistible influence. This deep conviction it recognize of we must however observe that each kind of knowledge has its Peculiar proofs for instance that a child ought to love its Mother that in Italy there is a City called Rome that the circumference is three times the size of the diameter of a Circle. These three things arc acknowledged to be equally certain. To assert As a train that the circumference it three times the extent of the diameter of the same Circle that it is Somr Lehat Likely that such a place As Rome exists und probable that a son ought to love his Mother would he to Advance n through i Sittou. And which would Shock common sense. On these three Points Poitr conviction is the same. Their certainty is one but the Means of establishing it in the mind Are dii Ferent. We prove not the duty of filial inflection by geometrical calculation nor the relation which the diameter bears to the circumference of the Circle by human testimony. Quot c should take special care invariably to adapt the nature of the proofs to the nature of the subject under consideration. Of course we should never no ply geometrical rules to what will not admit of such application. We believe that i Lowry iv., in Lemagne Ca sir Cromwell and Bonaparte figured on the stage of life As firmly As we believe in any proposition of undid and yet we arc not convinced of these historical facts by any geometrical demonstration. In dial Lias remarked that geometry is founded on principles of palpable evidence and Flint there Are things so Subtle and delicate that their relations and the tincture of their truth Are rather Felt than seen and which it would lie ridiculous to scan by any geometrical Rule. The moment that an Algebraist applies his science to subjects of sentiment taste authority morals or history he excites the sneer and censure of the scholar und the critic. It inny not be improper to notice that All the human sciences went the impress of a primitive science Viz. A system of principles or metaphysics. It is by Means of anti Riar truths the consciousness of which exists in the mind that we arrive at geometrical truths. The certainty of the hitter pre supposes that of the former and therefore it is that they who assert that there is nothing certain hut what is found in mathematics know not what they say. Partiality or prejudice is another cause of our errors. There Are individuals whose minds Are so haunted or influenced by certain ideas which Are Peculiar to them that according to their notion they Are a real discovery and therefore seem to exclude every other kind of thought. Their faculties Are entirely no sorted by them. Their feelings und understanding Are thereby so engrossed As to induce a Man to believe that they labour under the Potency of a Engick spell. Are they occasionally obliged to occupy their minds with matters different from those which Are the exclusive object of their affections Thev become visibly distracted inattentive and incapable of perceiving the delicate vet distinct shades of difference which it is of the utmost importance to observe. Hence result imperfect notions which Are the source of false judgments. Docs not the spirit of systematizing arise from this exclusive partiality 1 but How far Lias not this led poor human reason into error the philosopher or at least he who wishes to be so considered ill his inquiries into the secondary causes which regulate the physical and moral world occupies his mind with general theories. The thought of creating Ante dating or collecting a Large number of facts now enters his head. The faculties of his soul Are concentrated in this Favourite Point. It constitutes his Pride happiness and glory. It now diffuses like a certain species of Munia its mysterious yet perceptible influence his mind. He sees Only what is favourable to his system takes no notice of whatever is opposite to it he accommodates stubborn facts to Bis theory for lie has no idea of adapting Bis theory to them. Experience monuments reason All must Bend to the Sovereign majesty of his whimsical conceit. He acc Issue so Many political reveries which were intended to make Mankind Happy but which in reality proved to he their terror and their Scourge. All these romances of nature have been imposed upon the world As histories Toca to be Fenelone a Zetteh. Can tired rcom to. 4�?pao 30-Cfl w Hile so great a number of the faithful read the scriptures in this manner Many circumstances interfered that prevented them from giving false interpretations. 1st, the pastors always explained the sacred text rdc to inculcate the True meaning of tradition and to prevent any person from explaining it according to his private opinion or differently from that grave and moderate interpretation Given to it by tie Church. 2d, it was the custom to consult the pastors even in the smallest difficulties arising from any obscure passage in the text. A cd n Lien there was Uny suspicion of Novelty in the interpretation of the text the Bishops frequently assembled and removed this Ili Licul to. Even the faithful of the West to preserve unanimity often consulted the apostolic sec to interpose its authority mud prevent dissension. Thus the simplicity of the Faith the docility of the people to the continual instructions of their pastors on the scriptures removed the dread of introducing any notable abuse notwithstanding there were some who gave false interpretations of the text and caused dangerous disturbances. St. Peter assures us that there Are in the epistles of st. Paul certain things hard to be understood which the unlearned and unstable wrest As they do the other scriptures to then own destruction. Origen abused the allegorical sense of the scriptures by the opinions which he formed of the divine mysteries. So st. Jerome says. On the other hand tha Semi Pelagian bitterly complained that is. Augustine explained the epistle of st. Paul to the romans according to a sense which was new and unheard of in tradition. But the unwarrantable Liberty which those restless men took in perverting the sneered text was nothing in comparison to the temerity of those impious critics who constantly endeavour to shake its foundations. It appears that the Wuh lenses and Albi Ganses forced the Church to make use of the rigorous Means of confiding the perusal of the scriptures to those Only whom she judged cup Nolc of profiting Liy such study. 1 will not insist that this restriction Heman in the time of these heretics it would he to have recourse to an exact scrutiny to Point out the com Cuc Cmunt of this discipline

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