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Foyle's War - Series 6 [DVD]
Foyle's War - Series 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Kitchen
Price: £14.71

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very minor criticism, 26 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Foyle's War - Series 6 [DVD] (DVD)
An excellent collection of stories with the usual close attention to historical detail. However as seems to be usual in many historical series the producers do not trouble to get ecclesiastical detail right. Milner's child seems to have been baptised according to the Alternative Service Book which was not issued until 1980, the Prayer Book of 1662 -or perhaps that of 1928 - was what would have been used.
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Merrily on High: An Anglo-Catholic Memoir
Merrily on High: An Anglo-Catholic Memoir
by Colin Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was fun while it lasted, 2 Dec. 2009
The work of a lively witty and good humoured man who has triumphed against adversity this is a very entertaining book which contains many ecclesiastical jokes some of which are original. It sketches his life as an Anglo-Catholic who becomes a clergyman of a somewhat extremist type with a considerable reputation throughout the Church of England.

The crucial point in his early life is his first visit to St Bartholomew's Brighton, one of the numerous very high- church places of worship built by Fr Wagner, which inspired him to become a very pious young man, an ordinand, and a student at Chichester Theological College. This was an extraordinarily ritualistic establishment from which he went on to become a parish clergyman and then a Naval Chaplain. After a serious accident in Ceylon, which led to him losing a leg, he returned to England to become Vicar of St Mary Magdalene's Church in Oxford and then Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. He concludes his book with an account of an audience with Pope John in 1961, who said "I would wish my blessing to descend on all who visit your shrine" "not as exerting authority, but in all charity" (p190).

It is quite fascinating for anyone familiar with the Anglo-Catholic Movement in the Church of England and especially its Papalist section, but should prove very difficult for anyone without such a background and would benefit greatly from more dates so that one knows when events actually happened. It makes no attempt at serious theological explanation of the Anglo-Catholic position, indeed the author himself repudiates the description of its historical underpinning given in his early pages (pp 25-6). He says that "I have managed to create my own'Anglican attitude' and hold it against all intrusion of reality"(p180) and "I do not now believe that there was ever any hope of converting the Church of England as a whole to baroque Catholicism, but I am glad that I have lived at a time when for a moment it seemed a dizzy possibility"(p192). In his later years ,as in his earlier, he proved to be a slavish imitator of contemporary Roman Catholic ways and after the Second Vatican Council in common with most Roman Catholics abandoned many of the outward signs of the Catholic faith which previously he had extolled. Were he alive now one wonders if he would be seeking to recover the old liturgy of the English Missal. No doubt he is a very representative figure, he certainly recreates the ethos of the band of brothers and sisters against the world which was Anglo-Catholicism, with its eccentrics, its extravagances,its devotion, and its sheer hard work for the conversion of others.

I found it a touching and amusing book, curiously unsatisfying as being very much for those who share the preoccupations of the author, and one which for older readers who can remember Nashdom Abbey and Walsingham in the 1950's will be an invitation to nostalgia, but now that Anglo-Catholicism is on its deathbed , being subject to assaults on its historical underpinning from Haigh and Duffy writing on the Reformation , MacCulloch on the Elizabethan Settlement, and ER Norman on authority, and being rendered impossible by the Church of England's abandonment of the historic ministry, it is perhaps in a real sense a sad one. The vision splendid has given way to the cold light of day.


Bethnal Green Memories: Recollections of Life in the 1930s-50s
Bethnal Green Memories: Recollections of Life in the 1930s-50s
by Derek Houghton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world we have lost, 16 Oct. 2009
As an almost contemporary of the author, brought up in poor but very different circumstances in a country setting rather than in the East End, I find this book to be a moving, eloquent, and indeed inspiring story of the triumph of humanity over adverse circumstances. For the older generation it is an exercise in nostalgia, for the younger a source of information, conveyed with illuminating anecdotes, about life in the respectable working classes in the nineteen thirties and the war. Much of it throws light on our present problems of social dislocation, alienation, and breakdown. The author himself was brought up by his grandparents, his father having left when he was very young.

Houghton tells us that in the community in which he grew up everybody was poor, there was a "togetherness", a real sense of belonging, but now the street where he lived has been replaced by "uninspiring drab architecture, devoid of character and without soul". Hitler failed to destroy it, indeed as in Coventry he merely strengthened its resolve, but in the 1960's town planners demolished it forever, broke its community spirit, and scattered its residents to dwell in "cold, grey, concrete, monolithic jungles".

Yet a poor community often saw evictions for failure to pay rent,overcrowding was usual, work was available if at all in sweatshops,recourse to pawnbrokers was common, and there were lots of drunks around especially on Friday or Saturday nights. As the author says "it was like the embryo for the criminal, the fighter, and for those seeking a better way of life, all trying to find a way out". Nevertheless the women cleaned and coloured their front steps as a badge of respectability and he cannot remember wanton damage on the part of the young. He talks of "a great respect for our elders" , with muggings and rapes being unheard of. It was quite safe to walk around at night. For children their first reading matter was provided for by "The Dandy", "The Beano", and "Film Fun", very patriotic an moral publications indeed. At the end of cinema showings the National Anthem was always played - even if as I remember it was a signal for a stampede to the door. Schools celebrated Empire Day (the 24th of May) with appropriate festivities.

In this setting the author sketches his life with skill and good humour, through the war and evacuation to National Service afterwards. Like so many of his generation he had cousins killed in the war, endured long spells in airraid shelters, and was kept vey fit by the system of rationing at the time. There was indeed no problem of obesity.

Students of the period covered by Houghton can especially derive great benefit from this book, but it is extremely readable, enjoyable, and interesting for the general reader. All can enjoy the pictures, which evoke a lost world. I wonder how many men can remember wearing , like the author as a young boy ,a sailor suit? It was common in the 1930's, indeed I had one.


Benedict of Bavaria: An Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland
Benedict of Bavaria: An Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland
by Brennan Pursell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rule of Benedict, 9 Nov. 2008
Benedict of Bavaria: An Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland

This is a rather pious book, theologically accurate regarding the teaching of its author's church, at times somewhat devotional, but although written in a distinctly colloquial style it is very readable and informative regarding the life of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. Pursell's account will prove a handy work of reference as there are useful footnotes, but he does not provide a bibliograpy or index. An ardent catholic and germanophile, he writes with enthusiasm for his chosen subject.

The Pope is a Bavarian, Bavaria is his heimat, that is where he belongs. He is at home with farmers, craftsmen, very ordinary people who live virtuous useful lives in a beautiful land of mountains and lakes, a land of good wine, beautiful women wearing dirndls, and tuneful folksongs. My favourite picture of him shows a cheerful man beginning to quaff a large stein of beer. He himself writes nostalgically of the smell of the pines and the somewhat at times discordant notes of the village bands when Corpus Christi is celebrated in each village with a procession often including the majority of the inhabitants.

His father was a village policeman, his mother the daughter of a baker who undertook domestic service to augment the family finances. Joseph is quoted as attesting to the anti-Nazi opinions of his father, and although one does not impugn his veracity, it would have been useful to have had some independent testimony, although in the nature of the case that would be difficult. As it is it is perfectly clear that the young man, like all others in Nazi Germany, had no choice but to join the Hitler Youth. Not to do so would have been a foolish and ineffectual gesture with dire consequences for his family.

The Church in Germany in the 1930's in any case took a dim view of resistance to the Nazi regime. The bishops did more than ask their flocks to "obey the new civil authority". Certainly before 1933 they pointed out the anti-Christian elements in the Nazi programme, but they also spoke of what they said was the healthy core of Nazism - its reassertion of the values of religion and love of the fatherland, its standing as a strong bulwark against atheistic Bolshevism. They were not democrats. To describe Hitler as a "little Austrian hoodlum" or a "lazy common crook" (p 84) gives quite an inadequate impression of the evil demonic genius who was able to fascinate crowds by his oratory, and individuals by the force of his personality, indeed he greatly impressed visiting foreign statesmen such as David Lloyd George and George Lansbury. The Church offered scant resistance except for a few courageous individuals ,with many of the faithful being enthusiastic for the new regime. Cardinal Faulhaber, far from being anti-Nazi was in April 1934 declaring his confidence in the government.The matter is fully documented in Gunter Lewy's "The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany".

However the future Pope survived the hostile elements in his early conditioning, the spirit of Bavaria overcame the paganism of the Nazis which in such a solidly catholic area had not had time to be more than a veneer.He saw clearly the danger of the Nazification of the faith. (p.97)Early pastoral experience was followed by an academic career which combined popularity with students, clear exposition of difficult topics, and an extensive amount of published work. Not surprising he was a consultant to his bishop at the Second Council of the Vatican.

From a professorship at Regensburg Pope Paul VI appointed him to be Archbishop of Munich, he soon became a Cardinal, and soon Pope John Paul called him to Rome and appointed him as Prefect of the CDF charged with maintaining fidelity to catholic teaching by those having a licence to teach in the Church. In 2005 he became Pope.

This book reveals the fundamental decency and humanity of an admirable character. A formidable scholar he seems to have read everything. He looks like everybody's favourite grandfather. He is popular with the Orthodox, he salutes the Jews as "elder brethren in the faith", he welcomes Moslem scholars to discuss matters of mutual interest, he has concluded an agreement with the Lutherans on the doctrine of Justification by Faith, and he has sought to heal divisions within his own church. Concerned for the purity and integrity of its teaching, he has reminded the faithful that the Second Council of the Vatican should be interpreted by what it actually said rather than by imaginings about it. Concerned for continuity he has allowed the revival of the liturgy which was common in the Church since the Council of Trent.

It is fitting that he was born on the River Inn,paradoxically Hitler too was born on the same river on the Austrian side. Germany's answer to its evil genius is that good man the German Pope.


Icon of Evil
Icon of Evil
by David G. Dalin
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten cleric, 3 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Icon of Evil (Hardcover)
Having read this book with great interest, especially as my appetite had been whetted by reading Rabbi Dalin's book on Pius XII, I decided to comment on it. However on reading the review by Mr Soper I concluded that he had already said, concisely and accurately, most of what I would have wished to say.

Certainly Al-Husseini serves as a link between the old anti-semitism, which had itself gravitated from being religious to biological, and the new denial of the right of Jews to exist as a nation which can defend itself. New anti-zionism is indeed old anti-semitism writ large. He is clearly a very important and much neglected person.

However the book suffers from a lack of direct documentation. Again and again one finds an interesting quotation and checks it with the footnote only to be referred to yet another book. Chapter 4, which is composed of the Mufti's reflections, could well have been cut, as one can only surmise in the absence of many documents what he would have thought. This and other attempts to say what he thought are not history.I would have welcomed a more extensive treatment of the British operation of the Mandate to help those without much knowledge of the period.

Nevertheless I found this a most useful book. The pictures are excellent - including one of the Mufti with the Fuhrer. The documented account of important newspapers and books in some countries saying in the 21st century that Jews slaughter children and use their blood to make matzots for Passover provides an amusing but grim commentary on the modern world.


A Community Under Siege: The Jews of Breslau Under Nazism (Stanford Studies in Jewish History & Culture) (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)
A Community Under Siege: The Jews of Breslau Under Nazism (Stanford Studies in Jewish History & Culture) (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)
by Abraham Ascher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept., 12 Mar. 2008
Having lived in a sense with the Jews of Breslau for all my married life, I find this book interesting and informative, even if at times it gives a picture somewhat different from what I have gleaned from my wife Renate and other former Breslauers, both relatives and friends. It confirms what I have been told about my father-in-law Fritz Tuch, an officer in the cavalry in World War I, with the Iron Cross and mentions in despatches and the local Breslau newspapers, who did not take Hitler seriously and thought that that clown would soon be laughed out of court.As Ascher says "in 1933, most Jews in Breslau believed that they would outlive Nazism" (p. 3). He always flew the flag of Imperial Germany and did not see until 1938 why he should have to leave his country because of an Austrian corporal. However in 1938 after Kristallnacht when he was rescued from Dachau by the German Army his hair had in a week turned white.

My wife tells of a happy life, her family were very well-off with premises in the Ring,also in the most fashionable street, and the ownership of a whole block in which they had a flat. They were emphatically Germans of the Jewish religion, who went to the splendid Reform Synagogue three times a year, and while keeping a Kosher kitchen at home spent their long summer holidays in ordinary German hotels in the Riesengebirge. As Ascher says " some practised their religion in a more relaxed manner"(p.33).
In type of Judaism , national origin,and social strata they differed from the Aschers,who were Polish fairly Orthodox Jews without German citizenship,(p.4) and I think this results in some differences of perception. They,except for my wife's father who stayed behind and was on 20 Nov 41 put on a transport from Munich to Kowno, left Germany in August 1939, having received their final papers over a weekend by virtue of the good offices of a tenant who happened to be a German Official, probably a former member of the old Centre Party ,who was also a Catholic. His wife was incredibly devout and received the last rites quite often! As Ascher says "no means all their Christian neighbours applauded the conduct of the new regime" (p.23). My wife's parents had lost their property by forcible sale to the N S GauPresse,she says the Gauleiter himself who called upon them being very polite and assuring them that they could stay in it for their lifetime, an ironic remark in view of what followed. Politeness indeed was common , my mother-in-law Stephanie when shopping always being addressed as Gnadige Frau and her daughter Ilse Renate as Gnadiges Freulein.

My wife tells me that when the Nazis commenced the final destruction of the Reform Synagogue a crowd of workmen began a demonstration which was terminated by their arrest and deportation to a concentration camp. These ordinary Germans deserve to be remembered.

However it was a pleasant surprise in this book to see a photograph of her school, but not to hear of its fate. Some of the staff were on the "Deutschland" with my relatives when it left Hamburg in 1939.One teacher in 1939 filled a large car with older boys and crashed across the Dutch frontier amid a hail of gunfire.

Gunter Lewy, Walter Laqueur, Fritz Stern,Edith Stein, are all old Breslaueurs ,it was obviously a town with a great reservoir of talent. Very German, it was the place where the SPD was started by Lasalle, where the German National Anthem was written, and to which one of the first autobahns went.

This book is very well researched, with extensive documentation, and puts into context the persecution and destruction of a community. As one would expect what was perhaps not a community to begin with became much more so as the persecution increased. Jewish solidarity deepened and my relatives ,becoming more devout as the persecution progressed ,gave shelter to a Polish Jewish family who were fleeing persecution in Poland. It shows a remarkable degree of self help in matters of welfare, medical services, culture, and education. They did their best to carry on, and in the absence of an impossible military insurrection, remained in existence until their physical extinction. There was however some actual illegal resistance. My wife can remember illegal meetings of the very young in Habonim ,a Zionist organisation,and tells of the muscular dentist father of one of her friends who threw two Gestapo men down four flights of stairs before fleeing over the nearest frontier. The spirit which has built the State of Israel was not entirely absent. All who are interested in German History should read this account of the ending of that unique symbiosis of Jewish ethnicity and German culture in a major German city.
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Reformation : Europe's House Divided 1490-1700
Reformation : Europe's House Divided 1490-1700
by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A point of view, 30 Jan. 2008
Is it an advantage, as MacCulloch says to "not subscribe to any form of religious dogma" in trying to "describe the Reformation to a world which has largely forgotten or half-understood what it was about" (p xxv) ? One wonders whether indeed it is possible not to subscribe to some dogma(ie a belief or system of beliefs held on authority) religious or secular whether consciously held or not, and whether in all cases historians do not have a viewpoint conscious or unconscious lurking in the background to which they "bend the story to fit irrelevant preconceptions". Keynes accused practical men who eschewed theory as being slaves to some long defunct economists, one wonders if historians are any different.

However this is an excellent book, whatever one may make of the distinctive viewpoint which comes out so strongly in the section on Outcomes.

As well as the information concerning the ideas of the Reformers, going well beyond Luther, Zwingli and Calvin to Bucer and Bullinger, not to mention many others, it gives considerable space to the ideas and influence of Erasmus, and Cardinal Pole. As he says "Social and political history cannot do without theology in understanding the 16th century". MacCulloch gives succinct and accurate descriptions of the ideas , not exactly for dummies but with a secular audience in mind.

How many of us knew that there were one million Christian slaves enslaved by Islamic raiders between 1530 and 1640,roughly equivalent to the trade across the Atlantic? (p 57) That lay people with the dissolution of the guilds lost much control of what went on in church at the Reformation? (p 16)that in the 1930's the Popes did not excommunicate Hitler because among other reasons it was remembered that doing so to Elizabeth I had been counter productive? (p 334) That England judicially murdered more Roman Catholics than any other country in Europe (p 392).That as late as 1612 (well after the Council of Trent) the Archbishop of Salzburg lived with his concubine and 15 children?(p 447). As used to be said by a Sunday newspaper "all human life is here".

His history of the Church of England is particularly interesting reflecting as it does all the recent research which has made the old Anglo-Catholic historiography somewhat unconvincing.He makes very short work of any talk of the Elizabethan Settlement being any kind of compromise intended to mollify Catholics (p 289). Nor does he have much time for the "Protestant work ethic" and while admiring Max Weber whom he describes as a genius sees his work as being influential on discussions of history "particularly among those who are not historians". (p 604). In the background of much thought he sees a sense that time is at an end ,and says that without appreciating this the Reformation can often be regarded as "a vandalistic, mean-minded or money-grubbing assault on a settled round of devotion and a world of beauty and celebration".(p 551).

This book should certainly be read as it cannot fail to amuse, to stimulate,and to inform.However it is a pity that the print in the Penguin edition is so small and may prove a problem for elderly scholars.


Newman and His Age
Newman and His Age
by Sheridan Gilley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The passionate pilgrim, 10 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Newman and His Age (Paperback)
Recent news reports suggest that John Henry Newman will shortly become a beatus, the first step on the road to being recognised as a saint. It is therefore timely that all with an interest in him should read this book which gives an account of his career.
Beginning in a middle class commercial family he is converted to Evangelicalism, but at Oxford he becomes an Anglo-Catholic until his study of Church History and the very traditionally Protestant attitude of the Anglican Bishops, of High Church persuasion, leads to him joining the Catholic Church.

There his reception as a very independent intellectual is somewhat mixed and his opposition to ultramontanism leads to suspicion by some of his new co-religionists which is only dispelled in his old age when Leo XIII makes him a cardinal.

His writings were extensive, including his spiritual and intellectual autobiography the "Apologia Pro Vita Sua", his poetic "Dream of Gerontius",his "Idea of a University", his "Essay in the Development of Doctrine", his "Grammar of Assent". and sermons, letters, and publications of all kinds.

Dr Gilley provides us with an eloquent and solid biography which sets Newman's thought against the theological, ecclesiastical, and political background of his times. He examines Newman as an exponent of Evangelical Protestantism, redefined Anglicanism, and of Catholicism, as well as being a lifelong foe of liberalism. He brings alive Oxford in the 1830's and 40's, and illuminates the transition from church to church . There is much on conflicts within the Catholic Church and a eloquent and moving account of Newman's last years.

A former member of the Durham University Theological Department, who as an Anglican signed a letter protesting against the consecration of Dr Jenkins as Bishop of Durham, Dr Gilley, who wrote this book as a member of the Anglican Church has since joined that of Newman. It is a very scholarly work, with admirable references to sources, theologically well informed, beautifully written ,and is quite absorbing to read.


The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
by Eamon Duffy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried between the site of the altar where he had sung the Mass, and the table where he had celebrated the Supper., 3 Jan. 2008
Thus ended the career of the parish priest of Morebath, there was he buried, between two religions, two social worlds, two distinct weltanschuung. Taken from his parish register, which gives full details of accounts with a full and interesting commentary by him ,Christopher Trychay, who served the parish from 1520 - 1574, this book gives an interesting account of the minutiae of parish life throughout the events of the 16th century.
I wonder whether it is possible to write of the Reformation without one's own loyalties being obvious, indeed other reviewers have clearly revealed their own, but Professor Duffy , himself a Catholic, certainly writes not only with considerable affection for the pre-Reformation world but also with some appreciation for the Elizabethan one which came to supplant it in England.

Many of us do not believe ,unlike our ancestors were led to believe by their historians -indeed Haigh when he first studied the opposition to the Reformation came to the conclusion that what he had been taught at school about its popularity was erroneous -that the Reformation was welcomed by the people of England, and have been puzzled as to how they accepted such a revolution. Looked at from the centre the answer is perhaps the power and luck of Queen Elizabeth and the relentless persecution , well detailed by Philip Hughes' "The Reformation in England Vol III True Religion Now Established " , of her Catholic subjects, but the localities have been more problematic, although even there as in the time of Thomas Cromwell it could be said that careless talk costs lives.(p 167). Duffy shows how gradually, after limited destruction under Henry VIII and massive destruction under Edward VI, restoration under Mary, and further destruction under Elizabeth, the Old Religion in Morebath gave way. Their parish priest stayed with them, no longer using the requiem vestments for which in his early days so much parish money had been saved, and obediently adopting the new ways. He "eased them into a slow and settled conformity to the new order of things"(p190).Under Mary he probably had looked back on the the Reformation as being "arrogant, destructive, and un-English, a disastrous rebellion against God and the faith of our fathers" but when it triumphed again he adapted to the change. He saw his duty as being to God and Morebath.

No doubt like many others, I was given this book as a Christmas gift, and was delighted to have such a readable, scholarly, and beautifully illustrated addition to my library.


Panther and the Hind: A Theological History of Anglicanism
Panther and the Hind: A Theological History of Anglicanism
by Aidan Nichols
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking the truth in charity, 18 Dec. 2007
Writing from the point of view of his own church about the history of the Church of England, this book, written by an English Dominican, is an extraordinarily kind and charitable one. He says "If no English Catholic can be without a sense of deep regret for the role of the Church of England in the making of our martyrs, the exspoliation of our holy places, and our marginalisation in the national life, no English Christian can be without - at the same time - a sense of profound debt to much in the heritage of Anglicanism - as literature and music, thought and scholarship, liturgy and devotion, and works of charity." Criticism for him stems from sorrow not from anger. Indeed the Foreward by Mgr Graham Leonard, at the time the book was published Bishop of London, appears far more critical than anything which appears in the text.

As it appeared in 1993 the book can not include reference to the later work of MacCulloch, or the recent publications of Edward Norman, but it is otherwise up to date and a mine of information on the topics covered. There are extensive footnotes referring one to books, theses, and articles.

It gives a lucid account of the way in which the various parties in the Church of England Low Church, High Church, and Broad Church can trace their heritage back to the 16th century, bringing out their positive aspects, and dealing with all the major phases in Anglican thought. Nichols sees all three groups as having just claims to be considered Anglicans and comes to believe that the Church of England is very much three churches in one. He is hopeful that there might be at some point an Anglican Uniate Church, he is too polite to say arising from the disintegration of the Church of England, as a process of repatriation into the Western patriarchate. He thinks it would "enrich Roman Catholicism with its own theological patrimony" and act as a bridge between Rome and Canterbury. It is a noble vision.

Not without his lighter moments Nichols quotes Knox's summing up of 20th century Anglican modernism in "The Modernists' Prayer"

O God for as much as without thee,
We are not able to doubt three,
Help us all by thy grace,
To teach the whole race,
We know nothing whatever about thee.

This is an immensely readable book, of great contemporary interest, as the Traditional Anglican Communion, a group of Anglicans which left the Anglican Communion itself, has petitioned the Holy See for full doctrinal and sacramental union with the Catholic Church.


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