This Applies To Certain Parties In All Theological Controversies

“Their criticisms, when examined, appear far more subtle, than solid; and it seems as if nothing can possibly be strong enough, nothing perspicuous enough, in any composure whatever, to stand before such liberties as these writers indulge. The plainest and most nervous [vigorous] discourse is analysed and criticized, till it dissolves into nothing, or till it becomes a thing of little significance; the holy Scripture is subtlized into a mere mist; Or made to evaporate into a thin cloud, that easily puts on any shape, and is moved in any direction, with a puff of wind, just as the manager pleases.” Johnathan Edwards, Original Sin, pp.436-7 (italics mine).