Only a Ghost! by Irenæus the Deacon

Read by MaryAnn

(4.5 stars; 21 reviews)

Baring-Gould's humorous observations on the various Christian sects to be found in "the most learned church in the most religious country in the world" (i.e., London in 1870) contains a challenge to Christians of today to focus on the substance of faith rather than the forms of public worship. - Summary by MaryAnn (0 hr 57 min)


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One for Theologists

(4 stars)

This was quite a treat - and very well read Sabine Baring-Gould is perhaps best known for the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers' and was an Anglican priest and this pastiche reflects his concerns in the England of his day. A fascinating piece - though some theological background will help in appreciating it. The work also reflects the author's own views. His wish to return to the 'primitive Christianity' of the 300s. However, of course, the Christians of 200 years earlier had neither dedicated churches nor priests and so he perhaps falls into the errors of those he lampoons!