“The holy fathers formerly professed their piety towards God by sacrifices…. Noah had rested upon the Word of God…. He undertook nothing without divine authority…. The sacrifice was acceptable to God…..
“All religious services which are not perfumed with the odour of faith, are of an ill-savour before God… The world is again completely restored…..
“So great was the confusion and disorder which had overspread the Earth, that there was a necessity for some renovation….. The Lord here declares it to be His pleasure that all things should recover their vigour and be restored to their function.” Genesis 9:1-7 cf. 1:28.