Nearer, My God

Nearer, My God

An Autobiography of Faith

Book - 1997
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Random House, Inc.
His Roman-Catholic faith has been an enduring part of the life and personality of William Buckley, Jr. Now, for the first time since his ground breaking God and the Man at Yale he has written a book about faith--his own.

Nearer, My God, An Autobiography of Faith is William Buckley's superbly written story of his life seen through his abiding love for the Catholic Church, a love instilled in him from childhood. He reminisces about his school days in England, his family, the affect the Lunn/Knox dialogue had on him, and examines many aspects of Catholicism and its theology, doctrine and liturgy and on the way discourses about Lourdes, the vernacular mass, the Church and the State, the Crucifixion, the priesthood, contraception as well as the many people who have assisted him on his life's journey. A remarkable, revealing book about one man and his faith.

Baker & Taylor
Drawing on the classics of Catholic literature, the conservative political commentator and best-selling author charts his own religious development, from his Catholic childhood to his mother's death, and explores the role of faith in his life.

& Taylor

The author and journalist describes his Catholic childhood in England and the United States, and how his Christianity has shaped his political and social views

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1997
ISBN: 9780385478182
Branch Call Number: B BUC
Characteristics: xx, 313 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 14, 2016

William F Buckley Jr was one of the most prominent American political commentators of the latter half of the twentieth century, with an output including over fifty books, a magazine (National Review), and a TV program that ran for over thirty years (Firing Line). For those who pay attention to such things, it could not have been a surprise that he was also a man of strong religious convictions (his first book was entitled God and Man at Yale, after all).

Nearer, My God is a combination of a personal spiritual autobiography and a more general examination of the author's Catholic faith. After a brief account of his childhood, the primary section of the book begins with a chapter devoted to the history of Buckley's friendship with Arnold Lunn, and with Lunn's pre-conversion exchange of letters concerning common objections to Catholicism with Msgr Ronald Knox (also a convert). Buckley then draws upon other eloquent Catholics of his acquaintance - men like Fr Richard Neuhaus, Russell Kirk, and Fr George Rutler - to whom the author submitted a questionnaire on issues facing the Church today. Notably, and unlike Buckley himself, all these men are converts (he laments the lack of foresight that led to the exclusion of Malcolm Muggeridge and Clare Booth Luce). Later chapters reflect on his friendships with Muggeridge and L Brent Bozell, Jr (both, again, converts). Perhaps tellingly, despite this being an autobiography, there is little here of a personal nature until the final chapter, focused on his relationship with his mother (which admittedly is genuinely touching).


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