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How’s this for an ending?

The language in which theologians and preachers expressed their horror of the sin of covetousness may appear to the modern reader too murkily sulphurous; their precepts on the contracts of business and the disposition of property may seem an impracticable pedantry. But rashness is a more agreeable failing than cowardice, and, when to speak is unpopular, it less pardonable to be silent than to say too much. Posterity has, perhaps, as much to learn from the eloquence with which Latimer scourged injustice and oppression as from the sober respectability of the judicious Paley – who himself, since there are depths below depths, was regarded as a dangerous revolutionary by George III.

From the closing paragraph to R.H. Tawney’s, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.

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