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In order to establish their system of universal liberty and equality—the imprescriptible rights of man--these Philofophifts intend to root out all religion, and all morality ; and even to break the bonds of domestic life, by destroying the veneration for marriage-vows, the reverence of children for their parents, and by taking the education of children out of the hands of the parents. And thus exactly were their antisocial, as well as antichristian, principles, described in the sacred writings. They deSpise government, presumptuous are ihey, felfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities; they are boasters, proud, disobedient to parents, without natural affection y.
“ It is well known with what immense pains our Philosophers of the day have been forming their pretended physical systems on the formation and genealogy of the globe." These numerous researches were to appear designed only for the advancement of science and natural philosophy. Their new Epochs were not to feem (till very lately) to affect religion : but the whole drift of their obfervations on natural
history was certainly intended to contradict the Mosaic history of the creation?. For this they WILLINGLY are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water ; whereby the world that then was perished. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly mena,
But whilst the religion of Christ is thus depressed, undervalued, and rejected, Infidelity itself contributes to support its evidences, and vindicate its truth. It rears its standard, and allures its profelytes, in exact conformity to the declarations of the divine oracles. The Free-thinkers of England, the Philofophists of France, and the Illuminati of Germany; the disciples of Bolingbroke, of Voltaire, and of WeiIhaupt, confirm the divine origin of the
z Barruel, p. 133-135..
* 2 Peter iii. 5-7. For a complete refutation of the attempts made to establish new and anti-scriptural theories of the earth, see the truly philosophical researches of Mr. De Luc, Lettres physiques et morales sur l'Hiftoire de la Terre et de l'Homme, (of which work there is an English translation) and British Critic, 1794. .
ScripScriptures which they reject, and accomplish, in a most exact and wonderful manner, the predictions which are the subjects of their contempt or ridicule. Many follow their pernicious ways, and by reason of them the way of truth is evil Spoken of. They have not only Spoken perverse things, but have drawn many followers after them. For when they Speak great swelling words of vanity, they ALLURE through the lufts of the flesh, through much wantonness, THOSE THAT WERE CLEAN ESCAPED FROM THEM WHO ĻIVE IN ERROR. WHILE THEY PROMISE THEM LIBERTY, THEY THEMSELVES ARE THE SERVANTS OF CORRUPTION b.
The New SYSTEM OF PĦILOSOPHY esta
blished by Voltaire, shown to be the exa&t
2 Peter ii. 2, 18, 19. < Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des progrès de PEsprit Humain, par Condorcet. For the original, see the Annual Register, p. 200; for the extract, Barruel, vol. ii. p. 133.
posed to come from the pen of an enemy to the new philosophy. But Condorcet was the favourite pupil of Voltaire: of him his master said, “ he should feel a consolation in leaving him upon earth, when himself and D'Alembert should die.” His testimony therefore concerning the existence of a conSpiracy against the Christian Religion must be admitted as proof.
“ There was a class of men, which was foon formed in Europe, with a view, not to much to discover and make deep research after truth, as to diffuse it: whose chief object was to attack prejudices in the very asylums where the Clergy, the Schools, the Governments, and the antient Corporations, had received and protected them; and made their glory to consist rather in destroying popular error, than in extending the limits of human knowledge : this, though an indirect method of forwarding its progress, was not, on that account, either less dangerous or less useful.
“ In England, Collins and Bolingbroke; in France, Bayle, Fontenelle, Voltaire, Montesquieu, and the schools formed by these men, combated in favour of truth. They
alternately employed all the arms with which learning and philosophy, with which wit and the talent of writing could furnish reason. Asuming every tone, taking every Shape, from the ludicrous to the pathetic, from the most learned and extensive compilation, to the novel, or the petty pamph
let of the day; covering truth with a veil, .. which, Sparing the eye that was too weak to
bear it, left to the reader the pleasure of guessing it, insidiously caressing prejudices, in order to strike at them with more certainty and effect : seldom menacing more than one at a time, and that only in part ; sometimes foothing the enemies of reason, by seeming to ask but for a half toleration in religion, or a half liberty in polity; respecting Despotism when they combated religious absurdities, and Religion when they attacked tyranny; combating these two pefts in their very principles, though apparently inveighing against ridiculous and disgusting abuses; striking at the root of those peftiferous trees, whilst they appeared only to wish to lop the fraggling branches; at one time pointing out Superstition, which covers Despotism with its impenetrable shield, to the friends of liberty, as the first victim which they are to immolate, the first chain to be cleft asunder; at another, de