Lewis Carroll

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  1. Peteprint

    Peteprint Well-Known Member Anglican

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    I read this recently in The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (author of Alice in Wonderland) and I thought it was beautiful. It is Carroll writing to a friend about his faith:

    "I am a member of the English Church, and have taken Deacon's Orders, but did not think fit (for reasons I need not go into) to take Priest's Orders. My dear father was what is called a "High Churchman," and I naturally adopted those views, but have always felt repelled by the yet higher development called "Ritualism."

    But I doubt if I am fully a "High Churchman" now. I find that as life slips away (I am over fifty now), and the life on the other side of the great river becomes more and more the reality, of which this is only a shadow, that the petty distinctions of the many creeds of Christendom tend to slip away as well—leaving only the great truths which all Christians believe alike.

    More and more, as I read of the Christian religion, as Christ preached it, I stand amazed at the forms men have given to it, and the fictitious barriers they have built up between themselves and their brethren. I believe that when you and I come to lie down for the last time, if only we can keep firm hold of the great truths Christ taught us—our own utter worthlessness and His infinite worth; and that He has brought us back to our one Father, and made us His brethren, and so brethren to one another—we shall have all we need to guide us through the shadows.

    Most assuredly I accept to the full the doctrines you refer to—that Christ died to save us, that we have no other way of salvation open to us but through His death, and that it is by faith in Him, and through no merit of ours, that we are reconciled to God; and most assuredly I can cordially say, "I owe all to Him who loved me, and died on the Cross of Calvary."


    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/11483/11483-h/11483-h.htm
     
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  2. JoeLaughon

    JoeLaughon Active Member Anglican

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    Dodgson's Anglican life is an interesting one. His personal life was, uh, complicated.
     
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    BibleHoarder Active Member

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    Glad to hear Carroll was a believer.
     
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    Magistos Moderator Staff Member Anglican

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    Mildly.
     

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