Quotation by Samuel Butler

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practised.
Samuel Butler (1835–1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 310 (1951).

This observation reappeared in Butler's description of a congregation of conservative farmers in The Way of All Flesh, ch. 15 (1903): "They would have been equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practised."
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