The messy signature actually detracts and distracts from a formalist reading of these otherwise pristine works.
They are usually treated with the utmost sobriety, pondered as great works of formalist – even spiritual – exploration.
A formalist is not yet a hypocrite exactly, but he is ready now and well on the way at any moment to become a hypocrite.
The name of one was formalist, and the name of the other was Hypocrisy.
The spiritual character of the Gospel is thus put in opposition to the formalist character of the Roman church.
Like the misers of every race, he was both devotee and formalist.
Bunyan lets us see how a formalist and a hypocrite and a Christian all respectively do when they come to a real difficulty.
As an upholder of the law he becomes a formalist and a reactionary.
The duty of a magistrate to be just, precedes that of being a formalist.
All early religion in official hands is formalist—witness the Pentateuch.