Posted Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 4:09 pm under books, Gibbon.

A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian

The theologian may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her native purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian. He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption, which she contracted in a long residence upon earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings.

From Gibbon vol 1 ch 15.

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