Draft of 2006.06.28 ☛ 2015.03.20
A commenter below asked, very sensibly, how the Victorians could argue that the Roman Catholic Church was “novel” in comparison to the Church of England. A quick glance at any handy timeline would, indeed, seem to suggest that Catholicism came first. There was, however, a very different historical narrative available to our Victorians—one that they had in fact inherited from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries…. Let’s see how my sermonizers explain what appears to be a paradox.