And changed the glory of the incorruptible God
God is incorruptible and immortal in his nature, and so is opposed to all corruptible creatures and things: he has a glory which is essential to him, and a manifestative one in the creatures, and which is relative, and of right belongs to him: his absolute essential glory cannot be changed, cannot be taken away from him, nor given to another; but his relative glory may be said to be changed, when another is worshipped in his stead, and called by his name. So Philo the Jew F7 speaks of
``some, who, leaving the true God, make to themselves false ones, and impose the name of the eternal and incorruptible upon created and corruptible beings.''Into an image made like to corruptible man;
which was worshipped in different forms by the several nations of the world:
and to birds;
as the dove by the Samaritans, the hawk, the ibis, and others by the Egyptians:
and fourfooted beasts;
as the ox, and other creatures:
and creeping things;
such as beetles, serpents, and others, by the same.
F7 De Vita Mosis, l. 3. p. 678, 679.