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The Complete Works of Brann, the Iconoclast, Vol. 3

Excerpt from The Complete Works of Brann, the Iconoclast, Vol. 3 Just at present many "progressive" preachers are bringing all their powers to bear upon what they denominate the dance evil. Even before Sam Jones began to blackguard the ballroom in his so-called sermons, various Protestant divines were vociferously denouncing this species of divertissement as a worship of that trinity of wickedness - the World, the Flesh and the Devil; but the Cracker peddler of pseudopiety is the recognized Peter-the-Hermit of the anti-saltatorian crusade. There was a time when it was considered a mortal sin to be merry - when professing Christians refrained from harmless jest and healthful laughter lest they displease the Deity. Some ultrapietistic people eschewed ornament, wore unbecoming clothes and cultivated an expression such as pertains to those afflicted with cramp colic or torpid livers. The idea appears to have been that by making themselves and everybody else unnecessarily miserable in this world their ecstasy would be enhanced in the great hereafter. The theater was taboo, the ballroom placed under the ban, the euchre-deck banished and young people expected to do their courting with a solemnity befitting the making of contracts in a coffin-factory. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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