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Melancholy Duties That Cheer Up Historians !

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on July 20, 2003 00:02:36 UTC

"The theologian may indulge in the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from heaven, arrayed in her native purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed upon the historian. He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption which she contracted in a long residence upon earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings."

"To a philosophic eye the vices of the clergy are far less dangerous than their virues."

Edward Gibbon (1734-1794)
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Defense of clergy?
Defense of "weak and degenerate race of beings?"

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