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Who Said That?

"The atmosphere of our country is unquestionably charged with a threatening cloud of fanaticism, lighter in some parts, denser in others, but too heavy in all. I had no idea, however, that in Pennsylvania, the cradle of toleration and freedom of religion, it could have arisen to the height you describe. This must be owing to the growth of Presbyterianism. The blasphemy and absurdity of the five points of Calvin, and the impossibility of defending them, render their advocates impatient of reasoning, irritable, and prone to denunciation."

Have fun with this one!  Leave your guess in the comments section below.  Please, no google searches or cheating.  Answer to follow in one week.

Reader Comments (23)

Thomas Jefferson?
March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Benjamin Franklin
March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarks
Heh... irritable Presbyterians.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVaughan
I would be guessing Jefferson or Franklin.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter"lee n. field"
Obviously whoever said this never listened to Kim Riddlebarger's explanation of the "five points" on Issues, Etc.! I must be getting into my "irritable Presbyterian" mode again...
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen Rapoza
John Adams
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron
Rod Rosenbladt?
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS. Rosenthal
It is clearly an older manner of expression. I think not as old as Jefferson or Adams, as some have suggested. "Threatening cloud of fanaticism" makes me think more of mid-nineteenth century. Perhaps post second great awakening. Also perhaps the era prior to the Civil War. Also given that he is currently in the news I am going to suggest Abraham Lincoln.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarv
John Adams
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdsanger
Norman Giesler?
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTom
Wow! I can't believe I get to be the first person to guess ol' smiley face himself: Charles Finney.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobert W.
Hmm... It does have an "oldish" sound to it, but I'll still guess T.S. Eliot?
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoyle
Jefferson, he hate all "sects" accept for unitarians. He could tolerate them. It is amazing how much Jefferson and Adams sound like the new atheists.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyleinWI
Thomas Jefferson
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertiminator
@rosenthal LOLOL

John Adams?
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Priestap
I think our President said this during his "cling to their guns and religon" speech.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Rolfe
Thomas Jefferson
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
George Steinbrenner.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRichard
I have never seen Shane Rosenthal comment on the Riddleblog. Is that an inside joke or what? I kind of know Rod's thinking about Calvinists but did not know the extent of it. And who says Calvinists and Lutherans can't get along?

Another great quote this week. It shows the extent of how little we really get each other. The same kind of stuff is going on today from those who totally misrepresent each others positions.

I have no idea who it is yet, I think I will wait until I read a few more clues. My first thougt was Finney but he was an ordained Presbyterian himself. Talk about confused positions.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Y
My first thought was also then-candidate Barak Obama making his derogatory religion & guns speech in California about us Pennsylvanians.
March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris M.

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