Holbrook Jackson, Anatomy of Bibliomania
, Part VIII (The Uses of Books
), V (Their Belligerent Usefulness
), points to yet another example of Bible thumping
, from a passage in Anthony Trollope's Autobiography
about his father:
In those days he never punished me, though I think I grieved him much by my idleness; but in passion he knew not what he did, and he has knocked me down with the great folio Bible which he always used.
Andrew MacGillivray writes in an email:
I thought this might serve to complement your Bible-Thumping. Books can be body armour as well as blunt instrument. Smite thine enemy with the Old Testament; be saved by the New.