A reader offers an antidote to Left Behind

I’ve referenced this in a couple of comment boxes, but in light of the wide (and highly unfortunate) popularity of the Left Behind stuff, I think it deserves a larger audience.

Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson was a convert from Anglicanism–his father was the Archbishop of Canterbury. He died at the age of 40, but not before writing one of the classic accounts of conversion, Confessions of a Convert and two more works, more apropos to the discussion:

Lord of the World and Dawn of All (which I have not been able to find online). The first, at least, is scarily prophetic for having been written in the early 1900′s, and a highly authentically Catholic look at an end-of-the-world scenario.

I should also mention that Benson had the temerity to steal the title of my second book–By What Authority?–decades before I was born and without telling me, so that when my book was published, I only found out Benson had used it after the fact.


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