A Salutary Notion of Religion

| | Comments (2)

Once again, George displays her brittle but piercing humor:

from Middlemarch
George Eliot

Why did he not pay attention to Celia, and leave her to listen
to Mr. Casaubon?--if that learned man would only talk, instead of
allowing himself to be talked to by Mr. Brooke, who was just then informing
him that the Reformation either meant something or it did not, that he
himself was a Protestant to the core, but that Catholicism was a fact;
and as to refusing an acre of your ground for a Romanist chapel, all
men needed the bridle of religion, which, properly speaking, was the
dread of a Hereafter.

What a remarkably draconian view of the role of religion--to instill dread--that's certainly the road to relentless charity.

Bookmark and Share


Thanks so much for your kind and generous words about my book, Steven.

I'm thrilled beyond words (of which I have many) that you totally get what I'm trying to do. Not for nothing is one of my favorite quotes about the Catholic church from James Joyce: "Here comes everybody."

Thanks for blessing me and my work,


Dear Dr. Gould,

Thank you so much for stopping by. I took the liberty of copying this comment below. I'm so glad you were able to stop by.





About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Steven Riddle published on October 11, 2006 12:24 PM.

Wisely Shown--George Eliot was the previous entry in this blog.

The Amish Schoolhouse is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

My Blogroll