“There is no greater error in the whole range of bad history than imagining that doctrinal differences, because they are abstract and apparently remote from the practical things of life, are not therefore of immense social effect.”
Hilaire Belloc in The Great Heresies
I am so loving this book, my first foray into Belloc. He has a wonderful way of putting things so clearly. It almost seems that he is stating the obvious: Oh, of course. At the same time, though, there is the thrill of discovery, of seeing a thing for the first time because he has that gift of being able to shine such a light on the familiar as to make it new and wonderful.