At 06:39 AM 5/18/99 +0100, Gil Hardwick wrote:
>At 05:58 PM 5/17/99 -0300, Neil McEwan wrote:
>> Presumably this is a reference to the Clearances? If so, could you
>>cite me a reliable historical source that would back up your idea that
>>large numbers of cleared tenants, who were also practicing pagans, sought
>>refuge in churches and then came out as orthodox Christians? As far as I
>>know cleared tenants were just that -- cleared. They didn't hang about in
>>churches, but instead went to the Lowlands or overseas.
>See, Neil, you persist in rephrasing argument, and representing it as
>somebody else's, and then apparently seek acknowledgement and respect.
>Try to imagine the effect of soldiers coming to burn your village on
>the stability and integrity of culturally-inherited beliefs. Try to
>imagine taking refuge _within_ the church in such circumstances, then
>when the persecution is over try to re-assemble it all.
>Well, no, it is not going to be the same as before, is it. It is going
>to contain traces of Christian belief, isn't it. It is odd, however,
>that it is the best educated leading the revival, not the uneducated.
If this does not mean that the cleared tenants went into churches
as a refuge and then came out with a different belief-system, then what
does it mean? Until you learn to write properly and express yourself
coherently you will have no right to complain if you are misunderstood.
I'm sure there are night courses in remedial writing you can attend at
a nearby college, so please avail yourself of them.