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I lliould make a Day of it, fliould I recite all the filly
and the wicked Opinions which occur in the Writings
and Lives of the Philcfophers : I fhall only mention fomc
few of them ; to put you in Mind, that thefe old Sages
are not fuch excellent Mafters in Morality as your Thei-
ilical Gentlemen would pretend, and that their Reafon '\s
no flich infillible Guide in natural Religion as you would
have it. And now what fliall we think of the little puny
Philofophers, when the great FImq ^ himfelf was an Ad-
vocate for the Community of Goods, which would per-
fedlly deftroy all Induftry and Peace in a Common-'
w^ealth ; and w^hat is yet worfe, when he contends for
the common Ufe o£ one another's Wives ? The famous
Zcno t , the Founder of the Stoical Sed:, with his Fol-
lowers after him, made all Sins equal , and that it was as
i^n-eat a Sin to fteal a Pin, as to kill one's Father ; and
Scxtm Empiric ffs \\ quotes out of him a Palfage, wherein
he Y/ould prove, that it is as lav/ful to lie with one's Mo-
ther, as to ftroak her Arm ; he likewife brings in the fame
Zeng with the celebrated Stoicks Cleanthes and ChryJtppHst»
as making that execrable Crime of mafculine V-enery a
Thine indifferent. And Dioo-enes Laertim I in his Life
lays it down as one of nis Principles, to be merciful to no
one, and to pardon no body. And Theophilm Aittiochenm
* brings in hiir, and Cleanthes^ -as aflerting that Sons and
Daughters mJght as lawfully roaft and eat their Parents
Fleili as other Food. He afferted that his uiyA/iO^-vxio^y
or Greatnefsof Soul, which was nothing elfe but a Stoi"
cal Pride, was fiifficient forHappinefs ; but his Scholars, t
Pan



Online LibraryWilliam NichollsA Conference with a Theist : containing an answer to all the most usual objections of the infidels against the Christian religion ... (Volume 1) → online text (page 17 of 47)