Post by David Kleinecke
Throughout, Robert Elsmere presents Christian ideas as part
of a myth system, an approach that Christians happily applied
to other traditions. The proper orthodox response to this
would of course be to stress the historical and factual nature
of Christian claims, but that Robert finds it increasingly
hard to do.
The last clause is problematical but understandable.
I think the poster first wrote "that Robert finds increasingly hard
to do" then upon reading and missing the "that" added the "it" to
make a complete clause.
Never having heard of Robert Elsmere (or "Robert Elsemere") before
seeing this thread, I thought it must be significant when the name
appeared again a couple of days later in a book I was reading:
Before starting for the Rockies he had an adolescent picture of
the west, which he believed to be exclusively populated by cowboys,
redskins,and outlaws, and he was surprised to find that many of his
fellow-travellers were reading Mrs Humphrey Ward's best-seller in
paper covers. 'As each page is finished, it is torn out and flung
through the window', he reported, 'so that in the end the American
prairie will get a top-dressing of Robert Elsmere.'
(A footnote points out that this must be a later invention, since
"Robert Elsmere" was not published until several years after his
- Hesketh Pearson, The Life of Oscar Wilde, p.76