22 July 1810 6
Ch. Causes and Obstacles
§. Universities. I.
the supposition of the
efficacy of an oath
is involved an
impious and absurd
that to man over God
belongs the power of
a Judge over a Sheriff:
suppose this not possessed,
of the oath is without
The sanction ceremony it let may be said is in whence
it involves in it in the supposition of its efficacy efficiency
is involved a sup necessarily involved a supposition
absurd and impious: viz that man — any
man by whom an oath is administered has God
at his command, as the a Judge has a Sheriff and Sheriff has at his command
a King and a Sheriff an execution, the man
dooming his fellow creature to infinite and or infinite
or nobody knows or cares what losses and shorter torment
and the Almighty executing the sentence of course.
If man has not this power over the Almighty, the
oath is a vain ceremony and in regard to the punishments of which it is supposed
to be productive
violation of it
an act without effect.
Answer. What follows?
— that the administering
an oath is
— not useful, but
absurd and impious.
Let this be so allowed: For argument sake let this
be so: but if so it be, the consequence is — not that
the act of administering such an oath is an useful
and irreproachable exercise of authority, but that
it is an act of tyranny no less absurd and than impious.
It can not be useful,
for the purpose of justifying
it — frivolous: for
the purpose of executing
their the concomitant
of its being universally
The ceremony engagement can not be at the same time
awful, and frivolous: [the engagement obligatory and
unobligatory]: [the violation profanation of it flagitious and inerrant:]
awful sacred for the purpose of justifying those
by whom it is thus habitually administered, frivolous
for the purpose of justifying them in administering it
under a certainty of its being violated, and in and
by its violation being violated becoming a cause of perjury.
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