No Faith of My Own

No Faith of My Own

No Faith of My Own

No Faith of My Own

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This is not a book about me. Devotees of autobiography and intimate self-revelation are advised to turn to the writings of more flamboyant personalities. They will find nothing to their taste here.

My outward life has been uneventful, and would perhaps be described as 'blameless' by those mildly malicious writers who have made this word a satirical equivalent for 'insipid'. I am one of that minority of the men of my generation who have lived through two wars without fighting in either. I was a child at school in 1918 and I had become a busy parish priest well before 1939. I studied philosophy, psychology and theology at a modern university, although from the first with a bias towards sociological problems and inquiries which has grown more and more pronounced with the passage of time. I was ordained and later married. I am the fond father of three children. After some fifteen years continuous practical experience of parochial life I have become the rector of a tiny country parish in Devonshire and a teacher of sociology at the nearby University College. It must be clear from this unexciting summary that such a career as mine hardly provides the raw materials of a readable autobiography. Of course, my life has been interesting to me, and it is my Christian belief that, like all human lives, it is a matter of absorbing interest to God, but it contains little to arrest the attention of other people, and so, not being blessed with the ready . . .

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