Experience and Religion: A Lay Essay in Theology

Experience and Religion: A Lay Essay in Theology

by Nicholas Mosley
     
 

"Religion," this book begins, "is a mistrusted word now," and Nicholas Mosley, in this engaging meditation, seeks to repair that trust. Rather than trying to convince or compel the reader to accept his beliefs, he describes how religion functions in the modern world. Elsewhere, Mosley has written, "There is a subject nowadays which is taboo in the way that

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"Religion," this book begins, "is a mistrusted word now," and Nicholas Mosley, in this engaging meditation, seeks to repair that trust. Rather than trying to convince or compel the reader to accept his beliefs, he describes how religion functions in the modern world. Elsewhere, Mosley has written, "There is a subject nowadays which is taboo in the way that sexuality was once taboo, which is to talk about life as if it had any meaning." In this book, he describes religion as the source of that meaning. Despair is the fashionable attitude, but it is one Mosley, here and in his many novels, rejects in favor of a cautious optimism. He writes not to persuade, but to explain a worldview that is refreshing for the hope and intelligence it contains.

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
While others cling to pessimism as if it is the artist's passport, Mosley strives to communicate the real presence of optimism, its subtlety, its secrecy, its apparent incompatibility with the language.

Times - London
Mosley is the most serious and brilliant of Britain's novelists of ideas.

Library Journal
Released in the UK in 1965 and here in 1967, Mosley's optimistic view combines his life experiences with his Christian beliefs so that the two would work in harmony. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564784247
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
British Literature Series
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Born in London, Mosley was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford and served in Italy during the Second World War, winning the Military Cross for bravery. He succeeded as 3rd Baron Ravensdale in 1966 and, on the death of his father on 3 December 1980, he also succeeded to the Baronetcy. His father, Sir Oswald Mosley, founded the British Union of Fascists in 1932 and was a supporter of Benito Mussolini. Sir Oswald was arrested in 1940 for his antiwar campaigning, and spent the majority of World War II in prison. As an adult, Nicholas was a harsh critic of his father in "Beyond the Pale: Sir Oswald Mosley and Family 1933-1980" (1983), calling into question his father's motives and understanding of politics. Nicholas' work contributed to the 1998 Channel 4 television programme titled 'Mosley' based on his father's life. At the end of the mini-series, Nicholas is portrayed meeting his father in prison to ask him about his national allegiance. Mosley began to stammer as a young boy, and attended weekly sessions with speech therapist Lionel Logue in order to help him overcome the speech disorder. Mosley says his father claimed never really to have noticed his stammer, but feels Sir Oswald may have been less aggressive when speaking to him than he was towards other people as a result.

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