Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. (Isaiah 43:9)

It is truth. That there is but one true God.

Phocylides did say so, εις μονος εστι Θεος, & c.

Socrates suffered for holding this truth at Athens.

Plato held the same, but dared not speak out. These are his words:

It is neither easy to find out the maker of all things, nor safe to communicate to the common people what we have found out of him.

Here, for fear of the people, he detained the truth in unrighteousness.

And the like did Seneca, whom Augustine accuseth, quod colebat quod reprehendebat; agebat quod arguebat; quod culpabat, adorabat {a} that he worshipped those gods whom he disliked and decried.


Painting: Wivenhoe Park (1816), by John Constable