Religion

A Reverent Nostalgia

S.J.D. Green, The Passing of Protestant England: Secularisation and Social Change c. 1920–1960, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 342 pages, $115.  … the old maids biking to Holy Communion through the mists of the autumn morning.                              George Orwell, “England, Your England” (1940)  This book by S.J.D. Green is very impressive as well as huge, at once profound and explanatorily cautious, like all the best history writing. Its focus is on how the Protestant faith has been understood, managed and applied by the English in the last two centuries, above all between 1920 and 1960. The educated reader will gain much…

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