Fanaticism by Isaac TaylorFanaticism by Isaac Taylor


byIsaac Taylor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... SECTION VII. FANATICISM OF THE BANNER. In escaping from the Consistory to the Camp, we seem to breathe again. Without staying to inquire whether the greater sum of positive evil has been inflicted upon mankind by the fanatical priest, or by the fanatical soldier, it is certain that the sentiments with which we contemplate the one course of action are vastly less oppressive than those excited by the other. Let but the energies of men be spent upon a broad field and under the open sky; and let them but have to do with interests not of one kind only, but of many; and let but their motives of action embrace the principal impulses of our nature, and especially, let those who run such a course freely expose themselves to the perils and sufferings of the enterprise, and then it will always happen that admirable talents and fine qualities find play;-- talents and qualities such as are neither seen nor thought of within the shades of sacred seclusions, or in ecclesiastical halls. None but minds imbued with the darkest fanaticism can feel any complacent sympathy with the character and deeds of sacerdotal despots ; on the other hand there are few minds so frigid, or so pure, as not to kindle in following the story of exploits which (criminal as they may have been in their object and issue) yet sparkle with rare instances of valour, and are graced with the choicest examples of fortitude, mercy, and magnanimous contempt of selfish interests. And besides; there is this capital disparity between the fanaticism of the Churchman and that of the Soldier--that while the oppressions and cruelties practised by the former are in all cases, and under every imaginable condition-- an Atrocity, destitute of palliation or excuse, the deeds of the other have often...
Title:FanaticismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217473148

ISBN - 13:9780217473149