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Yet another last-ditcher,
This review is from: The Soul of the World (Hardcover)
Following on the heels of Simon Schama's disgraceful history of Juda**m, which is effectively a full-blown attack on Enlightenment rationalism and a hymn to supernatural bigotry, here is another codger notorious for sacrificing reason for the sake of emotional rants, who here joins the fashion of old white men making a last ditch attempt to save religion.
(cf. "Like all of Scruton's books, it is beautifully written but he is frequently prepared to sacrifice some of the truth for a punchy sentence and will happily include large generalisations, or smooth over historical facts, to serve his argument." (from Amazon Review of 'Our Church' by 'Tiger', q.v.) )
Scruton, ex-editor of the far-right Salisbury Review, also recently penned a study of sexuality in which he managed to 'intuit', again without reasoning of any kind, that heterosexuals like himself were superior to everyone else. In this volume, sentimental twaddle sits comfortably with religious bigotry and unreason. And it is of course no coincidence that like Schama he has embraced the US academy,where so-called scholars can out themselves as supernaturalists without the inevitable ridicule which would attend them in the European intellectual climate.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2014 00:05:31 BDT
Thanks for the tip, Giles - will make appoint of buying Schama's book (and Roger's as well, of course) - you made them sound like really worthwhile reading.
Posted on 22 Jun 2014 08:14:33 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2014 18:34:34 BDT
I respectfully suggest you look up both 'mealy-mouthed' and 'codger' in a reputable dictionary.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2014 23:37:22 BDT
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Posted on 5 Jul 2014 23:57:04 BDT
Aaron K. Wilkins says:
Some of your sentences make no sense because you misuse words. For example, the context in which you use 'attend' is not really appropriate. Should be 'greet' or 'portend to' or something.
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 12:27:38 BDT
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Amazon Customer says:
Since you have your dictionary out Mr. Penfold you might like to look up "ad hominem" also.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2014 20:29:10 BDT
Hi Ratty, You're right that much of what I say is 'ad hominem' ('(Of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining'). So what? The personal history of the writer clearly supplies fresh evidence for what is already obvious. It is 'ad hominem' to say that Hitler founded the Nazi Party, but it is still good evidence of his evil.
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 23:24:30 BDT
Dr. R. Parker says:
if you are so clever,why don.t you write a book yourself?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2014 16:35:29 BDT
Well, I have done so many times; but unlike you, 'doctor', I don't advertise my credentials. And where do I claim to be clever? You sound like a supernaturalist getting neurotic.
Posted on 19 Jul 2014 22:47:11 BDT
Richard Gipps says:
Er, you forgot to actually review the book.