Sebond’s reasons are weak. II. Responses to the first objection () i. Reason may be used to support the truths that faith reveals () ii. Faith has not been. For a reputedly humanistic and temperate philosophy, the Apology [sic] for Raymond Sebond comes off as one of the most intemperate of. Complete summary of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne’s Apology for Raymond Sebond. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Apology for.
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How can she submit his essence sebomd conditions unto our knowledge? Amongst other slaves, that in sight of all the people were presented to encounter with these beasts, there chanced to be one Androclus of Dacia, who belonged unto a Roman Lord who had been Consull. They had charge given them, not onely of one simple moving, but of many and sebonc parts in the combat. And as for other matters; what sufficiency is there in us that we must not acknowledge from the industry and labours of beasts?
Our skin is as sufficiently provided with hardnesse against the injuries of the weather as theirs. How comes it to passe apoloty so few are found who have still held one same wil and progresse in our publike revolutions, and that we see them now and then but faintly and sometimes as fast as they can headlong to runne into the action?
Man must be forced and marshalled within the lists of this policie. It is for mortall and worldly religions to be received by a humane convoy. Whatsoever seemeth strange unto us, and we understand not, we blame and condemne.
This action doth somewhat resemble that which Juba, a King of that Nation, relateth of their elephants; that when through the wiles of those that apolpgy them, anyone chanceth to fall into certaine deep pits which they prepare for them, and to deceive them they cover over with reeds, shrubs, and boughes, his fellowes will speedily with all diligence bring great store of stones and peeces of timber fog so they may helpe to recover him out againe.
Apology for Raymond Sebond
As for husbandry, they exceed us, not onely in fore-sight to spare and gather together for times raymons come, but have also many parts of the skill belonging thereunto. One day the Sunne about noone-tide became extremely hote, and the scorching heat thereof intolerable, I fortuned to come unto a wilde unhauted cave, hidden amongst crags and almost inaccessible, and where imagined no footing had ever been; therein I hid myselfe.
The effects we perceive in other creatures, greater than ours, witnesse some more excellent faculty in them, which is concealed from us; as it is to be apopogy diverse others of their conditions and forces are, whereof no appearance or knowledge commeth to us. It was even at what time the new fangles of Luther began to creepe in favour, and in many places to shake the foundation of our ancient beleefe. And how should he have the knowledge that such a path would be broade enough for him, but not for a blind man?
It were a manifest wronging of Sehond goodnesse if all this universe did not sebnod and sympathise with our beleefe. If this raie of Divinitie did in any sort touch us, it would everie where appeare: It fortuned one day that certaine Trumpeters staied before this shop and there sounded a good while; and being gone, all that day and the next after the piot began to be very sad, silent, and melancholy, whereat all men marvelled, and surmized that the noise or clang of the trumpets had thus affrighted and dizzied her, and that with her hearing she had also lost her voice.
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Whatsoever should proceed from us, might be seene inligh tned with this noble and matchlesse brightness. Touching trust and faithfulnesse, there is no creature in the world so trecherous as man. Nor seeke they divers coats, as divers seasons bind. All other outward shewes and exterior apparences are common to all religious: As the ants, when they perceive their corne to grow mustie and graine to be sowre, for feare it should rut and putrifie, spread the same abroad before their nests, that so it may aire and drie.
I thinke every man is cloied and wearied with seeing so many apish and mimmike trickes that juglers teach their Dogges, as the dances, where they misse not one cadence of the sounds or notes they heare: Those watching-dogs which in their sleep we sometimes see to grumble, and then barking, to startle suddainly out of their slumber, as if they perceived some stranger to arive, that stranger which their minde seemeth to see is but an imaginarie man, and not perceived, without any dimension, colour, or being: Aristotle reporteth that the cuttle-fish casteth a long gut out of her throat, which like a line she sendeth forth, and at her pleasure pulleth it in againe, according as she perceiveth some little fish come neere her, who being close hidden in the gravell or stronde, letteth him nible or bite the end of it, and then by little and little drawes it in unto her, untill the fish be so neere that, with a soudaine leape, she may catch it.
Now our heart being ruled and our soule commanded by faith, reason willeth that she drawes all our other parts to the service of her intent, according to their power and facultie. What maine beames, what engines? Alike desires perturbe both a skinne-worme and an Elephant. For these motions of warre, which out of their horror and astonishment breed this tempest of cries and clang of sounds in us: The manner of all beasts breeding, engendering, nourishing, working, moving, living, and dying, being so neere to ours, what ever we raynond from their moving causes, and adde to our condition above theirs can no way depart from our reasons discourse.
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Let the Sunne but shine hot upon his face, hee faints and swelters with heat: An Elephants keeper in a private house of Syria was wont every meale to steele away halfe of the allowance which was allotted him; it fortuned on a day his master would needs feed him himselfe, and having poured that just measure of barley which for his allowance he had prescribed for him, into his manger, the elephant, sternely eying his master, with his truncke divided the provender in two equal parts, and laid the one aside, by which he declared the wrong his keeper did him.
View but the horrible impudencie wherewith we tosse divine reasons to and fro, and how irreligiously ffor have both rejected and taken them againe, according as fortune hath in these publike stormes transported us from place to place. More must be done, and they must be taught, that to convince the weaknesse of their reason we need not go far to cull out rare examples. For, in my judgement, he that shall meerly check what we ordinarily see in those beasts that live raympnd us shall in them flnde as wonderful effects as those which with so much toile are collected in far countries and passed ages.
Me sebonf learning hath a place among st things necessarie for mans life, as glorie, noblenesse, dignitie, or at most as riches, and such other qualities, which indeed stead the same; but afar off and more in conceipt than by Nature. They report of Bion that being infected with the Atheismes of Theodorus, he had for a long time made but a mockerie of religious men; but when death did once seize upon him he yeelded unto the extremest superstitious: Tantum est hoc regnum quod regibus imperat ipsis.
The best of us doth not so much feare to wrong him as he doth to injure his neighbour, his kinsman, or his master.