Carol Platt Liebau: A Gratuitous Swipe at Christians

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A Gratuitous Swipe at Christians

This weekend's Wall Street Journal includes a review of what sounds like a very interesting book about the art of conversation and its decline.

But why, in the middle of a piece discussing conversation in the 18th century and its celebrated authors and conversationalists, does the the writer, Moira Hodgson, decide to take a jab at Christian fundamentalists?

In "The History of England," Hume talks about the terrible effect that Puritanism had on conversation (just as religious fundamentalism does today): "Every elegant pleasure or amusement, it utterly annihilated; many vices or corruptions of mind it promoted." (emphasis added).

What's that about?


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