This was done with the idea of complimenting him, but the doctor had held himself aloof from all the learned bodies--belonging, as he did, to the church militant and not to the church polemical
. He found his time better employed in seeking than in discussing, in discovering rather than discoursing.
This is a poetical epitome of some of the scathing criticism of scholars which appears in the first of the "Thoughts out of Season"--the polemical
pamphlet (written in 1873) against David Strauss and his school.
Whether he shall be put into the main road by constables, or by beadles, or by bell-ringing, or by force of figures, or by correct principles of taste, or by high church, or by low church, or by no church; whether he shall be set to splitting trusses of polemical
straws with the crooked knife of his mind or whether he shall be put to stone-breaking instead.
And, while on serious topics, Miss Miggs considered it her duty to try her hand at the conversion of Miss Haredale; for whose improvement she launched into a polemical
address of some length, in the course whereof, she likened herself unto a chosen missionary, and that young lady to a cannibal in darkness.
She reflected; and with her acute memory for the letter of Angel Clare's remarks, even when she did not comprehend their spirit, she recalled a merciless polemical
syllogism that she had heard him use when, as it occasionally happened, he indulged in a species of thinking aloud with her at his side.
They had resided in a city, the seat of a university, where the polemical
and political controversies of the time were pursued with uncommon fervor.
What I saw in him -- as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile -- was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical
philanthropists of the age.
Before Luther Wrote: The Tract Genre among the Fifteenth-Century Benedictine Reformers of Melk and the Origins of Reformation Polemical
The eleven contributors historicise this ethical enquiry by exploring the various mechanisms and genres through which polemic has operated, seeking 'to delineate the characteristics of polemical
speech and writing and to assess what role polemical
modes played in pre-modern discourse and social practice' (p.
Conducting rhetorical analyses of polemical
works of early modern France--including the humanist satires of Erasmus, Rabelais, and other figures alongside the "low" satires "of uncommon humor and violence"--Szabari (comparative literature, U.
As a further revision, David Gwyrm's contribution is to expose the historiographical pitfalls of the traditional binary opposition of Nicene and Arian theologies by examining the polemical
construction of a political and theological party called "the Eusebians" by Athanasius.
In an introductory chapter, Shaffern reviews the polemical
literature on both Catholic and Protestant sides of the post-sixteenth century histories, the enlightenment, and post-polemical literature, outlining the contributions and deficiencies of these accounts.