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Another reservation concerns his categorical and disdainful use of terms like "forgery." To see the muhaddithun en masse as "forgers" and members of a massive conspiracy requires a degree of credulousness on the part of academic scholars that would have matched the credulousness Schacht attributed to Muslims.
It would take much more credulousness than I have available to be optimistic about the outcome of this latest experiment.
With few exceptions, all of the purported witnesses were treated with the same credulousness by the news media as Mindy Lawton.
Far from challenging prevailing negative stereotypes of old maidism, Miss Bates actually seems to embody many of them, such as garrulity, credulousness, nosiness, and affectation.
Credulousness of Satan, disbelief in God that humanity would be virtually damned, faithlessness, ingratitude, disobedience, gluttony, he for behaving uxoriously, she for not heeding her husband, both for not heeding their offspring, for not heeding the entire human race, parricide, theft, and plundering another, sacrilege, deceit, conspiring to gain Godhead, and an undeserved striving, pride, presumptuousness.
The book is packed with marvellous asides that add colour to an already kaleidoscopic cavalcade of crass credulousness, court drama and crookery.
And since he thinks religion is nothing more than stupidity, credulousness, and fear, he has little incentive to learn any more about Muslim believers than he does about Christians.
Such alluring images of abundance, while seeming to confirm the conflation of cockaigne with America, can be seen not as evidence of poor Europeans' credulousness but of their skepticism and sense of humor.
And though that was the most extreme example of the extraordinary credulousness with which Matthews treated Castro's claims, it is by no means the only one.
For sheer credulousness, then, Lee Siegel deserves some sort of recognition.
Reggie cites part of the letter and concludes, reasonably, that "there is little reason to doubt Pankratova's avowals of devotion to the Party, socialism, and the revolutionary cause." He shrewdly notes that in confessing to the venial sins of credulousness and generosity, she was preparing herself for eventual reinstatement in the Party, and comments that "if this was opportunism, it was the kind of opportunism that required little in the way of either soul-searching or complex ratiocination" (27).