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December 11, 2008

Some things never change

. . . . I welcome this correspondence because I admire your philosophical writings, which are lucid and well expressed. . . .

[And] I welcome this correspondence because I do not in the least admire your religious writings, which are confused, badly expressed and plagiaristic. There is evidence of hard thinking in every line that you write on philosophy, but you give your brain a rest when you turn to the uncongenial subject of Christianity. You may console yourself, however, with the reflection that in this respect you are not unique. In your attitude towards Christianity, you are a child of your age, an age which has decided that all standards of sober criticism may be suspended when Christianity is in the dock. H. G. Wells, Huxley and many another modern prophet display in their attitude to the greatest of all problems the same distressing blend of glib assurance and ignorance.

--Letter from Arnold Lunn to C. E. M. Joad, March 18, 1932, quoted by Joseph Pearce in Literary Converts

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