SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022
Gavin Ashenden recalls his days as a member of the Royal Ecclesiastical Household
May 27, 2022
Despite its sexual violence, confused plot and distorted Catholic iconography, Arabella Byrne still admires Abel Ferrara’s latest film ‘Zeros and Ones’
May 27, 2022
I knew Rome would be beautiful this time of the year, but I had no idea it would be so hot or so humid. A heatwave has bumped up temperatures to 30 degrees or more, making it more like July and August. So I made for the parks and for the banks of the Tiber,
May 27, 2022
The Emperors of Byzantium Kevin Lygo Thames & Hudson, £25, 336 pages It hardly needs saying that any English writer who tackles the history of Byzantium does so in the shadow of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon is a superlative stylist, and moreover a scholar of almost impeccable accuracy and
May 27, 2022
The Siege of Loyalty House: A Civil War Story Jessie Childs Bodley Head, £25, 336 pages For a place that witnessed the longest and bloodiest siege of the English Civil War, the ruined Basing House in Hampshire is a curiously bland and unsuggestive site. Only the most fertile historical imagination can conjure from its surviving
May 27, 2022
Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy Camilla Russell Harvard University Press, £39.95, 256 pages What makes this book so impressive is the quality of Camilla Russell’s research into the substantial volume of documents produced by Jesuits of the Society’s five Italian provinces during the later 16th and early 17th centuries. This documentation is housed in
May 27, 2022
To reconcile God’s omniscience and our free will we must understand that God is outside our time, says Simon Gaine OP
May 27, 2022
The pro-life position is a matter of science and morals; it can be held by anyone whether they have religious beliefs or not
May 27, 2022
Don’t Put Yourself on Toast  Freddy Taylor Short Books, £12.99, 192 pages The finality of the hospital bed arriving home and the patient’s sleeping quarters being moved onto the ground floor: “Dad will sleep downstairs now”; the not wanting to ask the dying person all the questions you want to ask them so as not
May 27, 2022
Godmersham Park  Gill Hornby Cornerstone, £14.99, 416 pages All the sins of empire are being remembered nowadays, heroes judged and found wanting. Yet Jane Austen – whose family had myriad links to the sugar islands, whose brother commanded Britain’s naval forces during the second Anglo-Burmese war, whose cousin was god-daughter to a governor-general of India—has
May 27, 2022
I spend my first flight in years adding tabs into my new bible. Somewhere over China, I manage to stick Zachariah to Matthew which results in very unbiblical language. I recall the Browning quotation in Stalky about a text in the Galatians offering 29 distinct damnations. I count my sins as we fly through the
May 27, 2022
How one man realised he could not resist the Lord’s calling, however hard he tried
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