Thursday, July 4, 2013

Nibley on Rhetoric XII

Nibley notes that rhetors refuse to accept responsibility:
This refusal to accept responsibility, which reaches its perfection in the great Christian orators of the fourth century, went hand in hand with a cynical admiration for the clever ruse, the lie that was not a lie. (Hugh Nibley, "Victoriosa Loquacitas," CWHN 10:257.)