Ronald Knox: Satirist and Defender of the Faith


Ronald Knox (1888-1957) was well known as a public intellectual of his time, a prolific writer, speaker and outspoken critic of the growing secularisation of the western world. Son of the evangelical Bishop of Manchester, Ronald was a brilliant classical scholar at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. Sadly, he lost most of his close friends in the Great War of 1914-18. An Anglican priest, he converted to Catholicism in 1917, and despite finding the English Catholic world unfamiliar and challenging, he made his way up the hierarchy, translating the New Testament and becoming a monsignor.

In this essay I look at two of his books: Caliban in Grub Street (1930) and Enthusiasm (1950), the last being his “Big Book”, a lifelong study of Christian heresies. Click on Knox above.

Why Buy Online Overseas When You Can Buy Locally?

People have been having trouble and delays in getting my book Intellectuals and the Decline of Religion online from such as Amazon and Book Depository (owned in UK), when they can buy it direct from the Brisbane publisher Boolarong (3373 7855). As  Boolarong editor Dan Kelly says: “Why would anyone buy a book from a UK supplier when we have it on our website? No wonder book stores in Australia are struggling?”.