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[234] asks, than a human soul which glories in being absolutely subject to an external authority, and one which cannot see either the need or the possibility of such an appeal? It is not possible to have an authority outside of one's own private judgment, for what can select or accept that authority save that private judgment? How can your mental faculties possibly set up for you a tribunal which shall override themselves? They can no more do it than a stream can rise higher than its source; no more than you can build your house downward from the chimney-top; no more than you can raise yourself from the ground by tugging at your own garments. So long as you are resting on your own faculties, you must rest on them, and to imagine that you can substitute something — as an infallible church or even an infallible book does not really help you in the least, because the same reason and conscience which put it there can at any moment take it away or disregard it. Disguise it as you please, you are trusting your own powers at last, because you have nothing else to trust to; just as, no matter how thoroughly you have put yourself into a physician's hands, it is only a temporary arrangement, and nothing can take from you

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