But Why raise up again from their graves these defunct, almost forgotten, absurdities - these follies of the wise, which, like the faults of the good, we should bury in silence? For this reason, because, though themselves departed, they may have left a progeny of erroneous Opinions and morbid feelings behind them, which still live, and still are active in working mischief. The monasticism of the ancient Church, and of the Middle Ages, is, without doubt, a genuine descendant of that science falsely so called, though fathered upon Christianity - with which in deed it has no real affinity, as we shall see. And even among those whose religious Opinions appear to stand farthest apart from the Catholic and mediaeval types, the same influence may, I think, be distinctly traced.
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