Originally Posted by Philip
Doesn't leave much wiggle room, does it?
Depends on the circumstances. Basically Cromwell is saying that he disagrees with the decision of the Kirk, on some issue and is calling on them to consider they may be human and hence fallible.
Have always liked this quote both because of the fascinating language and the simple point against closed minds. Think it was referring to one of the Scottish attacks on England during this period, in collusion with a Stuart monarch as it was about this time. However to assume from this, unless the rest of the quote includes an explicit identification that what he was disagreeing with was their basic religious views, would be a bit of a stretch. If it was their alliance with the Stuarts to impose their Kirk and the deposed monarch on England then the objection could be viewed as predominantly with their methods rather than their underlying aims. [Similarly, from what I have read the commonwealth viewed the occupation of Scotland differently from that of Ireland. The Scots were viewed as misguided in their opinions, and possibly future allies whereas the Irish Catholics were considered fundamentally wrong. This suggest that the problem may be with the political rather than explicitly religious views].