Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Stories, Tales, and a Few Small Lies of a Country Parson

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Stories, Tales, and a Few Small Lies of a Country Parson

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Stories, Tales, and a Few Small Lies of a Country Parson. By Robert B. Horine. Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, 2002. vii + 204 pp. $10.00 (paper).

The country parson is a recurring type much beloved in Anglican spirituality. Chaucer enshrined him in the fourteenth century in the Canterbury Tales. George Herbert defined him profoundly and beautifully in the seventeenth century. Percy Dearmer painted a delightful, if slightly dotty, portrait of him in the early decades of the twentieth century. But, for the modern Episcopalian, the country parson is probably an ideal figure, remote and more longed for than experienced. In our contentious church it is tempting to look at the parson and say, "They just don't make them that way anymore."

Robert Horine has an answer for that longing. In his new book, Stories, Tales, and a Few Small Lies of a Country Parson, he announces to the world in general and the church in particular that the country parson is -alive and well and living in Lexington, Kentucky. Horine is a gifted editor, preacher, and writer who, in a long career, served many parishes, large and small, urban and rural, in central and eastern Kentucky. The book is an anthology of his essays, sermons, and articles culled from that experience.

The locales of the stories are as colorful as can be imagined. The Church of the Advent in Cynthiana is a case in point. Halfway between Hell's Half Acre and Devils Backbone, services at Advent are frequently halted for trains blowing their whistles as they pass behind the church on the CSX tracks that run through the town. …

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