earth, they had only the tradition of Noah to rely upon, mainly to keep in their minds the right idea of God. This shows what care was needed on the part of parents, to secure the truth to their children, and what a door was opened to wicked men to intro-duce corruption. Noah taught, in his tradition, the truth -of God's existence, government, attributes and works, but how easily could some assuming man who lived in the next age, alter Noah's statement and give men a false idea of these matters. This did take place. " Menes, the founder of the Egyptian monarchy, was worshipped as a god after his death." Rob. An. His. II. Period, 4. sect. distinguished characters. This became the custom of all Africa.
2. In a few generations this system was carried to the most astonishing extent ; so that what is said of the heathen by the Apostle in the first chapter of Romans, be-came true of them, when they knew God they glorified him not as God.
From deifying their ancestors, they went