"Spurr takes us on a wonderful journey to discover the byways, varieties, glories and contradictions of a brand of Anglicanism" --Times Literary Supplement, January 9, 2011
"Spurr's book is comprehensively excellent on the nature and history of twentieth century Anglo-Catholicism" --The Glass, Spring 2011
"the historical detail of Spurr's study that makes it essential reading for anyone interested in the sources of Eliot's religious belief and practice." --Commonweal, November 5, 2010
"TS Eliot certainly needs contextualising as a 20th century religious and specifically Anglo-Catholic poet...Spurr's superb study certainly succeeds in this respect." --The Melbourne Anglican, November 2010
"the reader finishes with a wish to go back to the writing itself - a compliment to a specialised and closely organised survey such as this."
--The Expository Times, October 2010
"Spurr has produced a scholarly and engaging book that sharpens and defines our understanding of Eliot's relationship with Christianity."
--Journal of Religious History, June, 2011
"Eliot once said, "I believe that all our problems turn out ultimately to be a religious problem" (p.175). Spurr demonstrates convincingly that Eliot believed what he said and also believed that his version of Anglicanism offered the best solution to those problems. Spurr's lucid, well-researched, judicious book should be prized by anyone who wants a better understanding of Eliot's complex religious views and the profound influence they had on his writings."
--Henry Hart, Anglican Theological Review, Vol 93:3
''Anglo-Catholic in Religion': T. S. Eliot and Christianity is a detailed and informative study [...] Spurr examines and elucidates 'the genesis, development and character of Eliot's Christianity and concludes that we cannot fully appreciate Eliot's work 'until we have learnt of his faith, the ground of his being.''
--Modernist Cultures, Vol 6, No 1, May 2011. Jeremy Diaper, University of Birmingham.
`There can be no doubt about it...this study of T.S. Eliot and Christianity by Barry Spurr is quite the best book on the man and his work that has yet appeared.'
--Peter Milward, The Heythrop Journal, vol 52, issue 6, Nov 2011
Much has been said about Eliot's religion, and sometimes by scholars who are sympathetic to his belief, but what
has been lacking is a comprehensive explanation of Anglo-
Catholic history, doctrine, practice, and culture. That
need is now met by Barry Spurr's "Anglo-Catholic in Religion":
T. S. Eliot and Christianity, and it is hard to imagine
that anyone could have done this essential work better.
The book is very welcome indeed...Having described Eliot's religious milieu, Spurr is able to explicate many of his writings in new and convincing ways...This is the kind of book that stimulates further work rather than foreclosing it.
--Ben Lockerd in 'Time Present' No. 73
'Spurr attends patiently to the specificities of the Anglo-Catholic movement as they inform Eliot's work - aspects that scholars have tended to ignore or misunderstand.... With aplomb, Spurr makes the comparatively subtle differences between Anglo-Catholicism in its early-twentieth-century heyday and contemporary Protestantism, Anglicanism, and Catholicism visible.... The later narrative chapters are invaluable.... Spurr offers a vivid portrait of Eliot's devotional life...[his] most compelling point may be his account of the emphasis of Anglo-Catholic devotion.... Having established Eliot as a poet of the incarnation, Spurr descends into brilliant readings of "Ash-Wednesday", The Rock, and Murder in the Cathedral, revealing their peculiar dependence on Anglo-Catholic practice. --John Xiros Cooper in Journal of Historical Biography Vol.9
Spurr s book is comprehensively excellent on the nature and history of twentieth century Anglo-Catholicism, on Eliot s reputation as an Anglo-Catholic, his observance of its practices, his associations within Anglo-Catholic circles, and its expressions in his creative work... [...] Spurr s study elucidates the history of Anglo-Catholicism, its differences from Roman Catholicism and from Protestant traditions. --Roger Kojecký, The Glass, Number 23, Spring 2011