As a folly or a crime, and earnestness of every kind was branded with the name of enthusiasm.
It is by no means certain that he made the remark often attributed to him, "Let us enjoy the papacy since God has given it to us," but there is little doubt that he was by nature devoid of moral earnestness or deep religious feeling.
Tait had all Blomfield's earnestness and his powers of work, with far wider interests.
We know his deep earnestness, and his thorough conviction of the truth of his new gospel.
On the other hand the reality of the visions is to some extent guaranteed by the writer's intense earnestness and by his manifest belief in the divine origin of his message.