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Ignorant Amos's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 2 by mjr

You can't reason a man out of a position he didn't reason himself into*.

The quote is actually...."It is impossible to reason someone out of something that he did not reason himself into in the first place."...and it's a load of pish.

A terrible quote from Jonathan Swift the Protestant minister and Master of Divinity? Great!...Tell me this, how many people do you know that reasoned themselves into religion?

BTW,

Swift had early set his sights on the Church, and in 1694 took his orders and was ordained Anglican priest, obtaining the small prebend of Kilroot in Northern Ireland where he remained for about a year.

Which is about a mile from where I'm sitting and which the locals are particularly proud of, mind you, Andrew Jackson's homestead can be found in the same area and he was a bad ass too.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:21:42 UTC | #925700