Sir Walter Scott on fundamentalism, and Islam?

I tell thee, the Word slayeth- that is, the text alone, read with unskilled eyes and unhallowed lips, is like those strong medicines which sick men take by the advice of the learned. Such patients recover and thrive, while those dealing in their own hand shall perish by the own deed.

Taken from The Monastery, in which novel the words are those of a priest.

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