Posted by Caroline on January 17, 1998 at 01:16:29:
In response to Was JA pro-balance?, written by Helen on January 16, 1998 at 12:43:07
... because one of the trends of the Enlightenment was the move towards secularity in thought, and MP is concerned fundamentally with religion, which complicates matters somewhat.
] And the religion element links to what you say about "the concept of being born bad doesn't exist" - because on the one hand, religion as I think JA accepted it did not presume that people were stuck with being bad - but it did demand that they see themselves as born bad in the sense of sinful - and take responsibility for the change,
Yes, I'm trying hard to put these two together! I have been trying to find out more about the church's concept of Enlightenment in Religion, without success.Cetainly there was balance there, and one of the reasons why Methodism was frowned upon was becuase "enthusiasm" was involved.
And where do you place the "motiveless malignity" of a Wickham (the quote is Coleridge on Iago, by the way).
Oh dear! Wickham isn't quite as bad as Iago, is he?He has motive...greed, jealousy, veniality.But he doesn't reform.He doesn't change at all. I don't know...but it's fun trying to work it out!
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