We have, it is true, sufficient reason for rejecting the implication of these texts; and have we not abundant reason for rejecting the implication of the particular text under review?
Let the truths that have been established in this discussion be again recalled. We have, it is believed, proved, that the Levitical law is an ecclesiastical law, (not civil or judicial,) designed for the Church in every age; which, having never been repealed, is perpetually binding on Christians. It has been proved, that this law prohibits not only single incestuous acts of uncleanness between near relations, but their marriage, and prescribes the limits of lawful marriage. It has been proved, that this ecclesiastical law is a moral law, designed to regulate the conduct of men in a matter of high interest, in which domestic purity and sound morals in the community are deeply concerned; and a natural law, resting on the natural relations which the Creator has constituted. It has been proved, that this ecclesiastical, moral, and natural law prohibits, in various ways, and in different sections, the marriage in question.
1. It comes within the compass of the general