Ronald Knox’s Life

I have added a section on Ronald Knox’s life, from son of evangelical bishop to leading Catholic apologist and public intellectual, to my essay on Knox (click below) in my website dpcrook.wordpress.com.

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Ronald Knox: Satirist and Defender of the Faith

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Ronald Knox (1888-1957) was well known as a public intellectual of his time, a prolific writer, speaker and outspoken critic of the growing secularisation of the western world. Son of the evangelical Bishop of Manchester, Ronald was a brilliant classical scholar at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. Sadly, he lost most of his close friends in the Great War of 1914-18. An Anglican priest, he converted to Catholicism in 1917, and despite finding the English Catholic world unfamiliar and challenging, he made his way up the hierarchy, translating the New Testament and becoming a monsignor.

In this essay I look at two of his books: Caliban in Grub Street (1930) and Enthusiasm (1950), the last being his “Big Book”, a lifelong study of Christian heresies. Click on Knox above.

Why Buy Online Overseas When You Can Buy Locally?

People have been having trouble and delays in getting my book Intellectuals and the Decline of Religion online from such as Amazon and Book Depository (owned in UK), when they can buy it direct from the Brisbane publisher Boolarong (3373 7855). As  Boolarong editor Dan Kelly says: “Why would anyone buy a book from a UK supplier when we have it on our website? No wonder book stores in Australia are struggling?”.

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Caliban in Grub Street: Ronald Knox

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In his book with the above title (1930) the Catholic theologian and popular writer Ronald Knox makes a scathingly satirical and clinically logical dissection of the misconceptions and errors of a number of literary figures and intellectuals of the 1920s. They had been contributing to a series of “symposia” on religion that appeared in the popular press of the time (Grub Street as it was nicknamed).

Aldous Huxley on Mystics, Totalitarians and Science

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For Paul’s latest essay on Aldous Huxley see his website dpcrook.wordpress. com.   Click on  Aldous Huxley.

Aldous was an eminent novelist and commentator writing in the 1920s to 1960s on science, evolution, religion, art, literature, mysticism and the human condition generally. Much of what he wrote is relevant today. One question he asked was what do we put in the place of religion in a secular world? Are we facing a dangerous loss of ethical values in a world governed by technology, hedonism and self- centredness?

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Aldous Huxley on Mystics, Totalitarians and Science

For Paul’s latest essay on Aldous Huxley see his website dpcrook.wordpress. com.   Click on  Aldous Huxley.

Aldous was an eminent novelist and commentator writing in the 1920s to 1960s on science, evolution, religion, art, literature, mysticism and the human condition generally. Much of what he wrote is relevant today. One question he asked was what do we put in the place of religion in a secular world? Are we facing a dangerous loss of ethical values in a world governed by technology, hedonism and self- centredness?