You would think me using only sarcasm if I said so.
Now, imagine Moses Stuart
, with his “learned ignorance,” “using false texts,” “dealing dishonestly with the Scriptures,” “begging a question and using cobwebs for arguments,” “wriggling and twisting the Bible
;” at the ripe age of sixty years his boyish “zeal outstripping his judgment,” --imagine him, with his infidel pick axe, zealously digging away up there on Andover Hill to “undermine the Bible
” ! Of course all Andover
will at once recognize the fidelity of the portrait, and cordially thank the New York Greek
professor for informing them of his discovery of this Stuart
conspiracy with Dr. Nott
to bring the authority of the Scriptures into contempt.
One thing Dr. Crosby
wishes to be distinctly understood: he does not charge such men as Stuart
with meaning to lie. “I Their main arguments are falsehoods.
They take up these weapons without sufficiently examining them.
They see they can be made effective, but do not stop to inquire whether they are legitimate.”
Now, this is very kind in our New York professor.
We had never discovered the superficial character of Stuart
's scholarship, which left him open to such mistakes, or his mischievous haste and culpable carelessness in logical methods, and it is very generous in this new Daniel
to assure us that, in spite of these faults, he “can [with effort, of course, and some struggle] believe in the purity of motive” of such men, even when they “trample on reason and Scripture in blind rush.”
Now, the truth is, the only “castle built on air” in this matter is the baseless idea that the Temperance movement uses dishonest arguments or wrests the Scripture, because it maintains that where the drinking of wine as an article of diet is mentioned in the Bible