An Inconvenient Truth

May 21, 2010

For a friend:

Ussher is preaching his way through creation and fall at Covent Garden  in the early 1640s and is making the point that through eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil Adam and Eve came to know evil by experience. By eating of the tree ‘they should haue Experimental Knowledge of that Euill, w[hi]ch should be greiuous unto them: now, they knew what was Good, But By Eatinge of this Tree, they should know what misery was’. Clear enough. What is priceless is his illustration:

‘A Scholler may declare against maried life, beinge a single man, and doe it well: But when hee comes to the Experimental knowledge of houshold inconueniences, then hee can speake more fully of it to his greife’.

I’m assuming that Phoebe wasn’t in the congregation that morning!

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