Thursday, 13 October 2011

Menckenian belief

H L Mencken, with characteristic sarcastic wisdom, once said: ‘no man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man.’ You might think he is tacitly arguing that Deism trumps conventional Christianity, but this would be to misunderstand his point: for incomplete belief is more powerful than complete belief.

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