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July 02nd, 2017 by Victoria Regina

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July 02nd, 2017 15:38:13

July 2, 2017

Oh, I say, what? What?

July 3, 2017

I didn’t expect to choke up, but I did.

“Further, he considered it important that he should not embarrass me with any displays of emotion that might discomfit me. A man has to think of others, even when he is dying.”

July 3, 2017

“Theodore Dalrymple” (it’s an acknowledged pen name) occasionally hits one out of the park.

Bruce Charlton
July 3, 2017

Anthony Daniels/ Theodore Dalrymple is a good describer but a poor diagnostician: he has the usual blind spot as revealed here:

” they had a state religion, but came to find religious enthusiasm bad form.”

It was the religious ‘enthusiasts’, the strict and serious Christians, who kept English life decent – from the middle 1700 these were mostly among the working class Nonconformists such as Methodists. They were a minority, but were the backbone of the nation.

July 4, 2017

I’m not sure Daniels is wrong. It has been suggested that perhaps the reason religious enthusiasm is relatively high in the United States, compared with other First World countries, is because we don’t have a state religion. I may have to go back and look at the quote in context, but my sense is that Daniels laments the consequences of abandoning religious enthusiasm.

July 4, 2017

I should add: I’m fairly certain that Daniels is a soft atheist, but he strikes me as being of the George Santayana school of philosophy: He could not bring himself to believe in Christianity in any literal way (more’s the pity), but valued its cultural and ethical contributions.

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