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Literary Converts is a biographical exploration into the spiritual lives of some of those figures. It takes us on ajourney into the deepest beliefs of some of the great writers in the English language -- from G. K. Chesterton to ...
Literary Converts is a biographical exploration into the spiritual lives of some of those figures. It takes us on ajourney into the deepest beliefs of some of the great writers in the English language -- from G. K. Chesterton to Evelyn Waugh, Edith Sitwell to Siegfried Sassoon.
Many will be intrigued to know more about what inspired their literary heroes; others will find the association of such names with Christian belief controversial. Whatever our viewpoint, Literary Converts touches on some of the more important questions of the twentieth century, making it a fascinating read.
|1||Wilde Through the Looking-Glass||1|
|2||Belloc, Baring and Chesterton||9|
|3||The Archbishop's Son||17|
|4||The Bishop's Son||30|
|5||Dawson and Watkin||38|
|6||Benson's Cambridge Apostolate||45|
|7||The Attraction of Orthodoxy||50|
|8||Religion and Politics||56|
|9||Knox and Benson||72|
|10||Knox and Chesterton||88|
|11||War and Waste Land||102|
|12||Poetry in Commotion||117|
|13||Graham Greene: Catholic Sceptic||135|
|14||Waugh and Waste Land||146|
|16||Chesterton and Baring||185|
|17||War and Rumour of War||199|
|18||War of Words||214|
|21||A Network of Minds||267|
|22||Militants in Pursuit of Truth||280|
|23||Spark and Sitwell||292|
|25||Sassoon and Knox||314|
|27||Ringing Out the Old||344|
|28||Small is Beautiful||362|
|29||Muggeridge: Pilgrimage and Passion||380|
|30||Ends and Loose Ends||399|
|31||Painting God Greene||410|
Posted April 5, 2001
A bright mind fashions a brilliant argument which traces a world becoming ever more secularized as it loses it way from religion, which provided the cradle and shape for civilization. In Literary Converts:Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief, Joseph Pearce has developed an argument which should stimulate minds --religious or atheistic. Perhaps the theme of the book is best underscored in comments Christopher Dawson offered in l949 in the final paragraph of an essay about T.S. Eliot's 'Notes Towards the Definition of Culture': ' (The) planners of modern society have come to exercise a more complete control over the thought and life of the whole population than the most autocratic and authoritarian powers of the past ever possessed. In this situation the work of men like Mr. T.S. Eliot who are able to meet the planners and sociologists on their own ground without losing sight of the real spiritual issues may be of decisive importance for the future of our culture.' One example of that decline as seen by Dawson, a friend and student of C.S. Lewis,is expressed in an interview the author had with Dawson in l996 as to how Lewis would react today to the victory of the modernists in the Anglican Church: 'It's difficult to imagine what he would make of today's Church of England. The Church of England is such a pathetic ghost nowadays...You can't agree with it or disagree with it. There's nothing there.' The immense research involved is staggering. What a cast of literary and other prominent figures Pearce weaves together: G.K. Chesterton, T.S.Eliot, Siegfried Sassoon, J.R.R. Tolkien, Hiliare Belloc,Evelyn Waugh, C.S.Lewis, Graham Greene, Dorothy Sayers, Christopher Dawson, Alfred Noyes, Malcom Muggeridge and a host of others. This book deserves a reading and a place in every library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.