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Christian Classics Revisited by James J. Thompson Jr.

G.K. Chesterton’s St. Francis of Assisi

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS REVISITED

James J. Thompson Jr.

October 1984

St. Francis was that rarest of revolutionaries: one impelled by love rather than by hatred veneered with the catchwords of brotherhood.

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Edwin O’Connor’s The Edge of Sadness

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS REVISITED

James J. Thompson Jr.

July-August 1984

Fr. Hugh Kennedy, the narrator and protagonist, lacks gla­mor, jets to no international colloquia on Third World grievances, and worries not a whit over his sexuality.

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Ronald Knox’s The Belief of Catholics

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS REVISITED

James J. Thompson Jr.

May 1984

As Knox saw it, one believes first of all because the fundamental truths of Christianity satisfy the intellect.

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Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS REVISITED

James J. Thompson Jr.

March 1984

Waugh never attempted to palliate his sins or weasel out of their consequences; he believed in the fallen state of man because he clearly discerned his own bent nature.

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