In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin, Before polygamy was made a sin.
When we say 'science' we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivativefromthispureactivitymanipulated bya sortof priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon.Jose Lezama Lima
The Sabbath, as now recognized and enforced, is one of the main pillars of priestcraft and Superstition, and the stronghold of a merely ceremonial Religion.William Lloyd Garrison, reported in Wendell Phillips Garrison and Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879 : The Story of His Life Told by His Children (1885) Vol. III, p. 224.
Perhaps thou wert a priest, if so, my struggles Are vain, for priestcraft never owns its juggles.horace smith
In pious times, ere priest-craft did begin, Before polygamy was made a sin; When man, on many, multipli'd his kind, Ere one to one was cursedly confin'd: When Nature prompted, and no Law deni'd Promiscuous use of concubine and bride; Then, Israel's monarch, after Heaven's own heart, His vigorous warmth did variously impart To wives and slaves: and, wide as his command, Scatter'd his Maker's image through the land.john dryden
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