Re: [asa] YEC sub-group & fiction

From: Kirk Bertsche <>
Date: Wed Jan 28 2009 - 19:25:04 EST

Edmund Gosse had many misunderstandings regarding Christianity, and
regarding science-faith interaction, as Michael noted. But his book
is well-written and very interesting. It shows through a son's eyes
how an ultra-strict (fundamentalist) upbringing can be perceived by a
child and what damage it can do.


On Jan 28, 2009, at 2:38 PM, Michael Roberts wrote:
> Please note that Gosse's father and Son is very inaccurate when it
> discusses Christianity and science. It is in pure conflict mode.

On Jan 28, 2009, at 3:12 PM, Murray Hogg wrote:

> Thanks Kirk,
> This certainly pulls everything together for me and illustrates
> very well the original point regarding views on fiction. The
> mention that the mother rejected fiction on the urging of "a
> Calvinist governess" is intriguing. Being of Scottish birth, and
> having some familiarity with the attitudes of Scot's Calvinists to
> music, dance, theatre, etc, I wouldn't be surprised to see the
> attitude go even further back. My guess would be, however, that the
> original rationale would be that the reading of fiction should be
> shunned as a waste of time (and probably for it's questionable
> moral content - stirring the vulgar passions and all that) - rather
> than because it was "a lie." It would make for an interesting
> historical inquiry.
> As to the citation you provided: it was very interesting and much
> appreciated.
> Blessings,
> Murray

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