Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Erosion by Emphasis

A good post at Kathy the Carmelite's blog, and some reaction and additional commentary by Alicia the Midwife. (I think I've started a trend of use the definite article for a middle name among bloggers.) The gist is this: many errors are not so much false as misleading. By changing the emphasis from the main point to a secondary one, a writer can undermine the primary point. To wit: the Eucharist as "celebratory meal" rather than "literal body and blood of Christ." Both are true, but one is obviously the purpose, and the other a nice secondary benefit. But if you emphasize the :celebration" long enough, you eventually forget the True Presence. (cf., Protestant Churches.)


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