art even to be entertained


Senior Member
I have no clue what "art even to be entertained" mean.

Entertained refers to kept a group of people interested or enjoying themselves. Art makes us happy. And now you are ignorant of art - so you are dumb as a donkey... Is it what the author meant?

Thanks in advance

The Myth of "Moderation" in Religion The idea that any one of our religions represents the infallible word of the One True God requires an encyclopedic ignorance of history, mythology, and art even to be entertained—as the beliefs, rituals, and iconography of each of our religions attest to centuries of crosspollination among them.

-Sam Harris

Source: The End of Faith (PDF)
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Try reading it with a comma after "art".

    The idea that...requires an encyclopedic ignorance of history, mythology, and art, even to be entertained.

    It means: In order to even entertain or consider such an idea, you'd need to be completely ignorant of history, mythology and art.
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