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Lord of the World: A Novel Paperback – February 5, 2016
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"I advise you to read it." --Pope Francis
"A well-crafted and prophetic novel that anticipates and dramatically renders the spiritual and cultural crises of the twentieth-first century." --From the introduction by Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J.
"Prophetic wisdom is often best expressed and appreciated through works of art. Lord of the World is just such a prophetic work of art. The book tells certain critical truths: that evil is at work in our time, that lies embed seeds of destruction in the promise of peace, and that Jesus Christ is victorious through the indignation and suffering of the Cross. Lord of the World is the right book for Christians in the modern world--and there may be no message more critical for our time." --Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln
"Benson's dystopic novel is more sinister than the simple hedonism of Huxley's dystopia and more subtle than the sheer brutality of Orwell's. I welcome Ave Maria Press's new edition of this classic and prophetic work." --Joseph Pearce, Editor of the St. Austin Review
"By including both a fresh, context-clarifying introduction to Robert Hugh Benson and his dystopian tale and an invaluable meditation on the theology that drives it, Ave Maria Press gives us a relevant and readable edition of a harrowing 1907 novel that, in places, seems all too familiar and timely." --Elizabeth Scalia, Author of Strange Gods
About the Author
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was an English Anglican priest who joined the Roman Catholic Church in 1903 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1904. He was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature and was the author of many novels and apologetic works.
Mark Bosco, S.J., is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago, holding a joint position in the departments of English and theology, where he also directs the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.
Michael P. Murphy is an instructor in theology and director of the Catholic Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago.
Martyn Sampson teaches English literature as an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book takes place in a dystopian present (it was the future in 1907 though!). The world looks different than it does now simply because Robert Hugh Benson had no idea where technology would go. The telegraph is still a pretty important part of information transfer in this book.
Percy Franklin is a Catholic priest in a world where humanism is the guiding belief. Those who are religious in any way are persecuted for their faith. Euthanasia is readily available and commonplace in this world. Everything is secularized and man is the epitome of evolution.
Father Franklin is working as hard as he can to save souls and keep the world from devouring his religion. The battle he is fighting seems to be a losing battle when Julie Felsenburgh, a mysterious American, manages to broker world peace.
Felsenburgh is anti-anything-resembling-true-faith. Instead, Felsenburgh is a leader of secular humanism. After world peace is established, he is hailed as the savior of the world and the expression of the divine human.
All of this is directly opposed to the Catholic Church, the only Christian denomination left in existence. The humanistic society is reframing all religious thought around Felsenburgh while the Church can do little to combat it.
Father Percy Franklin is thrown into this mix with his brilliant mind and his uncanny resemblance to Julian Felsenburgh. Something is going to happen and these two men are likely to head the opposing sides.
This novel is so apropos for today’s world where being a Catholic is such a hard thing. It is amazing to think that this book was written in 1907 when it is so appropriate to today’s world.
I loved this book much more than I thought I would and even though the ending was horribly abrupt, I have no idea how else it could have ended. This is a great book and I am so thankful that Pope Francis recommended it which then made me aware of it.
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.
This in no way affects my opinion of the title nor the content of this review.
This review first appeared at Orandi et Legendi [...]