Jul 1, 1932
Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
Cooley alludes to "the old notion that truth and a sense of duty do not consort with skepticism in religion." This "old notion" was held because the teachings of the clergy were to the effect that (a) if one does not believe in divine punishments he is likely to do ill, and (b) if he does not believe in God he cannot seek help from Him and therefore becomes amenable to the control of a personal Devil. Lord Coke believed "infidels" to be the "subjects" of "the Devil."8 To disbelieve in the Devil was deemed to be as dangerous as to deny the being of a Deity. Accordingly Adam Clarke, the great commentator on the Bible, wrote:'