Saturday, August 2, 2008

Samuel Johnson on Kit Smart's Prayer Life

An excerpt from Fred Sanders' post on Kit Smart.

"What did Smart do that got him confined to a madhouse? Apparently he prayed too much. Samuel Johnson defended him: 'My poor friend Smart shewed the disturbance of his mind, by falling upon his knees, and saying his prayers in the street, or in any other unusual place. Now although, rationally speaking, it is greater madness not to pray at all, than to pray as Smart did, I am afraid there are so many who do not pray, that their understanding is not called in question.'"

Normally I would just throw the link to the Sanders post on in our weekly links post, but I thought Johnson's bit of reflection on prayer was too good to put there.

I mean, seriously: how many of you even go and check those links out? That's what I thought. In this case you really should go read the whole thing though, if only for the quotes from Smart.

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