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Ahead of His Age: Bishop Barnes of Birmingham - John Barnes

Collins, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine with tanning to the edges of the flaps. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “ANYONE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED in the intellectual or social history of England during the first half of the twentieth century will wish to understand more about Bishop Barnes. A Fellow of the Royal Society and an outspoken teacher, he did his utmost to present Christianity as a religion in which the age of science could believe and to drive out of the Church of England what he regarded as medieval superstition. But he did not belong to the Church alone. He championed many progressive causes in the political and social life of the nation and was involved in the whole development of the great city of Birmingham as its Bishop from 1924 to 1953.

He often puzzled people. This Cambridge mathematician became a London preacher and moralist. This pacifist was once sued for libel. This rebel was, as a bishop, a disciplinarian. His constant purpose was to help the truth of Christianity prevail in the new world which he saw being born, but in an era of wars and clashing orthodoxies he often walked alone, though never ignored. Some called this modernist outdated. Or was it basically that he was ahead of his age?

His biography has been written by his son, who has had other occupations such as being a British Ambassador abroad. But the delay of a quarter of a century has in some ways proved an advantage. It has enabled the author to consult many collections of papers as well as newspapers, and sometimes to correct the biographies of other men who feature in the story. Above all, it has become possible to see in perspective a complex personality and the storms of argument he aroused in and beyond the England of his lifetime.”


Size: 9¼" x 6". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 487 pages.
£7.50