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pis treatise on J>e high state of virginity contains so many coarse and repulsive passages, bat it was laid out for printing wibout a modernized version; but be printer complained bat J>e explanatory footnotes were a trouble to be compositors and an encumbrance on J>e page, and be translation became a last resource. pe most objectionable portions have been Latinized.
In bis praise of be virgin state, )>e aubor has given such way to bis zeal, as to fall into frequent attacks on wedlock; and against bem be editor has sometimes entered a lively protest. No age of Christianity has sanctioned any such condemnation of " marriage honourable in all," and, of right, holy. Where any fanatics ventured on such folly, bey were quickly branded, by J>e truer sense of be church, as unsound. None, perhaps, in our days can be so ignorant as to declare in favour of bose notions. In be earliest church a warning example is seen in Tertullianus, who, 'Sough a warm and able defender of be faib, lost all credit by adopting Montanist views. Among be advocates for purity, none can rival Origenes, who went to a lengS which he afterwards himself reprobated, and which his editor, Bishop Huet, found so little laudable, bat he refused