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Ronald Knox

Date de naissance: 17. février 1888
Date de décès: 24. août 1957

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Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, né le 17 février 1888 à Kibworth , dans le Leicestershire, et mort le 24 août 1957 à Londres, est un prêtre, théologien et écrivain britannique. Coordinateur d'une traduction anglaise de la Vulgate , il est également connu comme auteur de romans policiers.

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Citations Ronald Knox

„Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious.“

—  Ronald Knox
Context: I suppose there has been no subtler attack upon the Christian faith devised by its enemies in these last hundred years than the attack made in the name of "comparative religion". If you pick up a book on "Atonement", and plough your way through ideas of atonement among primitive tribes, pagan ideas of atonement, Jewish ideas of atonement, Christian ideas of atonement, you will find by the end of it that atonement, for the author's mind, has ceased to have any meaning. And he has been successful, in so far as he has managed to infect your mind with the wooliness which is the leading characteristic of his own. Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious. The Hidden Stream (1952). London: Burns Oates, p. 105 Often misquoted as "The study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious."

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„The prevailing attitude of the speakers was one of heavy disagreement with a number of things which the reader had not said.“

—  Ronald Knox
Let Dons Delight (1939), Note on Chapter 8 Describing a discussion following the presentation of a paper at a student society.

„There once was a man who said: "God
Must think it exceedingly odd
If he finds that this tree
Continues to be
When there's no one about in the Quad."“

—  Ronald Knox
Langford Reed, The Complete Limerick Book (1924) The topic of this limerick and the following one is George Berkeley's philosophical principle, "To be is to be perceived".

„If you have a sloppy religion you get a sloppy atheism.“

—  Ronald Knox
Quoted in Penelope Fitzgerald, The Knox Brothers (1977), Ch. IV

„A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.“

—  Ronald Knox
Definition of a baby, quoted by Colin Blakemore in his 1976 Reith Lectures, Mechanics of the Mind The earliest print occurrence found by Quote Investigator https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/01/10/baby/#note-15186-10 is in the July 1937 issue of Reader's Digest, credited to Elizabeth I. Adamson.

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„He who travels in the Barque of Peter had better not look too closely into the engine room.“

—  Ronald Knox
Reply when asked why he did not visit Rome, quoted in Penelope Fitzgerald, The Knox Brothers (1977)

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