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Dawn of All (Large Print Edition) Hardcover – Large Print, 18 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife; large type edition edition (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554236206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554236209
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was the youngest son of Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson. Benson was educated at Eton College, and then studied Classics and Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1890 to 1893. In 1895, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England by his father, Edward White Benson, who was then Archbishop of Canterbury. His father died suddenly in 1896, and Benson was sent on a trip to the Middle East to recover his own health. While there, he began to question the status of the Church of England and to consider the claims of the Roman Catholic Church. His own piety began to tend toward the High Church variety, and he started exploring religious life in various Anglican communities, eventually obtaining permission to join the Community of the Resurrection. Benson made his profession as a member of the community in 1901, at which time he had no thoughts of leaving the Church of England. But as he continued his studies and began writing, he became more and more uneasy with his own doctrinal position, and on 11 September 1903 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1904 and sent to Cambridge. He continued his writing career along with the usual elements of priestly ministry. He was named a monsignor in 1911. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A thoroughly Catholic novel. R.H Benson's view of what the future holds if we hold to modernism - written in 1907. Prophetic!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Deathbed Conversion 10 July 2010
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A novel in which an apostate priest, on his deathbed, slips into a coma and is given the grace to see the world in a different light; a world in which Christ reigns Supreme. Through this revelation, he discovers the abundant errors of Modernism --the very errors that had led him away from the Catholic Faith. This is a blueprint for the Social Kingship of Christ in our times. Fascinating!
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Fantastic book! 31 Aug. 2013
By James McGlone - Published on
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Wonderful description to the Church and how it sees itself in relation to the world. If you want to learn about the Catholic view of the world, this is a great book of the world! For me at least, the main character's struggles with the Church mirror my own concerns about the Church being a temporally powerful body, and I learned a great deal from seeing his concerns assuaged.
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Makes you think! 27 April 2013
By Fr Adrian G. Head - Published on
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This book is obviously fictional but it is intended to wake us up to the dangers of living simply for this world alone without any care for God's existence and the afterlife.
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Dawn of All--Surprising Page-turner 18 Jan. 2014
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Amazingly suspenseful novel of the early 20th century--the more so considering that it is a utopia, the kind of literature that rarely produces drama.
The Dawn of All 23 Sept. 2014
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Monsignor Benson wrote this second futuristic novel in as an attempt at offering a more positive view of the Catholic church's future than he presented in the first novel Lord of the World where socialism triumphed over religion in a doomed world... In this one, Benson imagines a future where the Catholic church is a dominate force in government, education and even science, a complete reversal of the situation in the first novel. He does so through his principal character, Monsignor Masterman, a priest who after losing his faith, becomes so ill, he.falls into a coma-like sleep only to awaken without any memory sixty years later in in a world dominated by the church. Throughout the rest of the novel, the Monsignor regains his memory and his faith, surely positive things. As great as that sounds to a Catholic like myself, the tale, as Benson presents it, reminds us to be careful what we wish for. As renewed as the Monsignor's faith is, he soon becomes troubled by the "employment of force on the side of Christianity" as evidenced in the heresy trial of Dom Adrian Bennett and forced immigration of "infidels" to, of all places, America where they are free to think as they like. Everywhere else, it seems, government, not the church itself, is ready to prosecute " heretics and blasphemers" to the full extent of the law. Not as barbaric as Isis perhaps, but not exactly the church of Jesus Christ either. I enjoyed the novel ( it's the fourth Benson book I've read ), but less than the others largely because it seemed more talk than dramatic action, too limited in its characters ( no women, all clerics) and less plausible than his other works.
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