Chapter XXXIII.—Profane History Gives No Account of These Matters.
Who, then, of those called sages, and poets, and
historians, could tell us truly of these things, themselves being much
later born, and introducing a multitude of gods, who were born so many
years after the cities, and are more modern than kings, and nations,
and wars? For they should have made mention of all events, even those
which happened before the flood; both of the creation of the world and
the formation of man, and the whole succession of events. The Egyptian
or Chaldæan prophets, and the other writers, should have been able
accurately to tell, if at least they spoke by a divine and pure spirit,
and spoke truth in all that was uttered by them; and they should have
announced not only things past or present, but also those that were to
come upon the world. And therefore it is proved that all others have
been in error; and that we Christians alone have possessed the truth,
inasmuch as we are taught by the Holy Spirit, who spoke in the holy
prophets, and foretold all things.