The Dawn of All
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By Robert Hugh Benson
The Dawn of All describes a world where Christianity is the ruling power, a world in which every knee must bend to the graced authority of the Pope. And yet for the priest who awakes to find himself at the center of this world, this world is not his world and this Church is hardly recognizable as his, let alone Christ’s. In his most famous novel, acclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, The Lord of the World, Benson sought to portray the world as it would be if the errors of modern thought were prolonged into the next century. Here, in The Dawn of All, he writes to “sketch the kind of developments [that] may reasonably be expected should…ancient thought…be prolonged instead.” The novel is a compelling, keenly unsettling read, demanding deep reflection on what we mean when we pray, “the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours.”
Robert Hugh Benson (1871–1914) the son of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, was a convert to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in 1904. A dynamic preacher and author, Benson wrote dozens of novels as well as numerous short stories, plays, essays, and spiritual texts.