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Saturday, November 15, 2008

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The low cost of old religious books

I recently popped in briefly to Berkelouw books in Berrima, just off the Hume Highway, on a return trip from the Pauline Monastery nearby.

I bought three books, one of which was a copy of "George Rundle Prynne: A Chapter in the Early History of the Catholic Revival". Prynne was an associate of Dr Pusey, a leader of the nineteenth century Anglo-Catholic revival in England. This revival flowered, or went to seed, depending on your point of view, in the conversion of John Henry Newman to Roman Catholicism. I have previously obtained a copy of a volume of Newman's "Tracts Theological and Ecclestiastical", published in 1874, from Berkolouw books for only $16.50.

Fine old books on interesting religious topics seem to sell very cheaply. I suppose this is because people don't care very much about books that look like they were part of a job lot from an old vicarage.

Still, the biography of Prynne is in good condition; just over a hundred years old; and has an interesting "ex libris" label from an Oxford convent (of Anglican nuns I assume). For this, Berkolouw books wanted only 22 dollars.


Julian

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Stirrings of Spring

I have decided to post again at this blog, occasionally. So it is coming out of hiatus.

I have been reading and commenting at a number of Australian blogs which might be called socially conservative. There are collections of blogs on the Left and on the libertarian Right, but not so much on the social conservative side. So I have collected them at my blogroll.

By doing this, I hope to contribute in a small way to social networking to connect socially conservative Australian blogs and achieve a "critical mass".

Julian

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