any one of the first three sons, I claim to be absurd.
5th. There is, finally, no evidence that the words of Noah contained a divine malediction on Canaan himself.
1. The fact that Patriarchal cursing and blessing was frequent in after ages is no evidence that Noah had power to curse his own grandson.
2. Recurring to the proclamation of God, (Ezek. xviii. 20,) I infer that men should be well advised what they are about ere they make God contradict himself. "The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son."
Now, here is a divinely authoritative absolution over which the authors of the theory I am combatting must break. But the church and the theology of our age is so full of the horrid spirit of imputation, immediate and absolute, that one would think it quite likely that all the rebels in the world would catch the infection, and at the judg-