FIRST THEN, to shake the
constancy of a Christian, there will alwaies be Scorners, Jesters, Scoffers,
and Mockers at Religion; The Period and Consummation of the Christian
Religion, the Judgement day, the second coming of Christ, will alwaies be
subject to scornes. And many times a scorne cuts deeper than a sword. Lucian
wounded Religion more by making Jests at it, than Arius, or Pelagius, or
Nestorious, with making Arguments against it. For, against those profest
Heretikes, and against their studied Arguments, which might seeme to have
some weight, it well beseem'd those grave and Reverend Fathers of the Church,
to call their Councels, and to take into their serious consideration those
Arguments, and solemnly to conclude, and determine, and decree in the point.
But it would ill have become those reverend persons, to have cal'd their
Councels, or taken into their so serious considerations, Epigrams, and
Satyres and Libells, and scurrill and scornful jests, against any point of
Religion; Scornes and Jests are easilier apprehended, and understood by
vulgar and ordinary capacities, than Arguments are; and then, learned men are
not so earnest, nor so diligent to overthrow, and confute a Jest, or Scorne,
as they are, an Argument; and so they passe more uncontrorl'd, and prevaile
further, and live longer, than Arguments doe.
[Published separately, 1629]
The Study has been
prepared by Father Lance McAdam
who entered into rest July 14, 2003
May his soul, and the souls of all
the departed rest in peace.
And light perpetual shine upon him.