The Verbosity of George Tyrrell

As part of my preparation for qualifying exams, I’ve been working through numerous works of George Tyrrell, an English Jesuit who was excommunicated in the early 20th century for his affiliation with the “Modernist” movement in the Catholic Church. I will likely dedicate a more substantial post to him at some point, but until that happens, I wanted to share with you an example of Tyrrell’s penchant for run-on sentences.

Abandoning the idea of revealed theology as incoherent, we have therefore to inquire as to the true relation between theology and revelation, that is to say, between that philosophical construction of the other world which has been built up from the data of general experience by the reflection and labour of the understanding, and which belongs to the unity of the whole system of our organised knowledge, and that other construction of the same world which has been more or less instinctively created out of materials supplied by popular beliefs, sentiments, traditions, and views in obedience to the requirements of the religious life, and which is the spontaneous mental self-embodiment of the collective religious experience of whole peoples and communities.

From George Tyrrell, Scylla and Charybdis, 228.


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