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Title: A lost cause? The cause for the canonization of King James II (Invited Commentary)
Authors: Starkie, Andrew
Keywords: Humanities::Literature::English
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Starkie, A. (2019). A lost cause? The cause for the canonization of King James II (Invited Commentary). Studies in Religion and the Enlightenment 1 (2): 6-9. doi:10.32655/srej.2019.2.1
Journal: Studies in Religion and the Enlightenment
Abstract: When we venerate St. Edward [the Confessor] we venerate a failure.”1 Ronald Knox’s assessment of this last English king of his dynasty is a reminder that the Christian cult of the saints is more concerned about things eternal than it is with things temporal. Nevertheless, for that very reason, it has important consequences for this present world. Examination must be made into the manner of life and (more important) death of the candidate for sainthood, if he or she is to be (as saints are) held up as an exemplar of Christian living. Once declared a saint, the gravity of immortality attracts future generations of devotees to petition this once frail human being, now a courtier of heaven, a powerful intercessor before the throne of the Almighty.
ISSN: 2661-3336
DOI: 10.32655/srej.2019.2.1
Rights: © 2019 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, & the Brigham Young University Faculty Publishing Service.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:Studies in Religion and the Enlightenment

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