12 Oct 2007
It is disappointing �to discover that the original by Adlai Stevenson apparently contained two "apostles." Those words serve as sleeping-policemen in a sentence where wit partly depends on�speed of delivery. The misremembered form -- "I find Paul appealing and Peale appalling"� -- improves on the original. Or perhaps, we can allow ourselves to believe, the better version�was indeed the original, and others, possibly in the audience of Baptists he was addressing,�misremembered, and piety prompted them�later to have claimed to have heard the (un-uttered) "apostles." Or perhaps Stevenson felt he had to be careful in how he referred to Paul, as he had been given to understand that he was being allowed to speak only as a courtesy, given that he had already been consigned to the outer darkness by the un-apostolic "Peale" -- that is, the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a downmarket and coarse version of the intelligent and respectable, but even later, Harry Emerson Fosdick.