Reminds me of nothing so much as a recently-dead fish before it has had time to stiffen.
Even before Melanchthon sank into his grave, he was dismayed at seeing Lutheranism stiffen into dogmas and formulas, and heartbroken by a persecution from his fellow-Protestants more bitter than anything he had ever experienced from Catholics.Andrew Dickson White
“It sees that you are wrong, that you are guided by faith indeed.” The Demie fell silent. His face seemed to stiffen. “Are these not facts?” asked Joaz. “How do you reconcile them with your faith? “The Demie said mildly, “Facts can never be reconciled with faith.”jack vance