Friday, March 31, 2023

Praise And Dispraise

Men have divided the world into heathen and Christian, without considering how much good may have been hidden in the one, or how much of evil may have mingled with the other.  They have compared the best part of themselves with the worst of their neighbours, the ideal of Christianity with the corruptions of Greece or the East.  They have not aimed at impartiality, but have been contented to accumulate all that could be said in praise of their own, and in dispraise of other forms of religion.

-- Benjamin Jowett (1817 - 1893), theologian and classical scholar who became one of the great public figures of Victorian England, Sermons on Faith and Doctrine (1901) II. p. 28, quoted in Bushido, The Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobi (1899), "Is Bushido Still Alive?"

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