Father Ronald Knox

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Floyd Johnson | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jun 26 2013 9:32 AM

I first met Father Knox as a reference in a book I am reviewing - a fictional mystery.  On the other hand when I discovered him, I find him to have had an influence on much of the church - both the Protestant church and the Catholic church.  After serving as a Chaplain at one of the Oxford colleges, he converted to Catholicism and was active in producing an English translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible.  Here is a list of his publications from Wikipedia:

Selected works:

  • Bible Translation, Knox's Translation of the Vulgate, see Modern English Bible translations
  • Some Loose Stones: Being a consideration of certain tendencies in modern theology illustrated by reference to the book called "Foundations" (1913)
  • Absolute and Abitofhell (1913). A satire in the manner of Dryden on the latitudinarianism of the authors of Foundations (including William Temple, later Archbishop of Canterbury).
  • The Church in Bondage (1914). Sermons
  • Reunion All Round (1914). A satire on the readiness of certain Anglicans to sink doctrinal differences with the Nonconformist sects in the interests of Christian good fellowship.Devil
  • Bread or Stone (1915). Four addresses on impetrative or petitionary prayer.
  • A Spiritual Aeneid: Being an Account of a Journey to the Catholic Faith (1918)
  • Patrick Shaw-Stewart (1920). Biography of Knox's friend and fellow Etonian, Patrick Shaw-Stewart, who died on active service in the First World War.
  • Memories of the Future: Being Memories of the Years 1915-1972, Written in the Year of Grace 1988 by Opal, Lady Porstock (1923). Combines a parody of the current autobiographies of women of fashion with a gentle satire on current whims — educational, medical, political and theological.Devil
  • Sanctions: A Frivolity (1924). An elegant and (despite its subtitle) not particularly frivolous fiction in the manner of W. H. Mallock's The New Republic, in which the guests at a country-house party find all their conversations turning towards the question: what are the ultimate sanctions, social, intellectual, supernatural, which determine man's behaviour and destiny?Devil
  • Other Eyes than Ours (1926). A satirical tale about a hoax played on a circle of spiritualists.Devil
  • An Open-Air Pulpit (1926). Essays.
  • The Belief of Catholics (1927). His survey of Catholic belief, considered a classic of apologetics and a Catholic equivalent to C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.
  • Essays in Satire (1928). Contains the best of his Anglican humorous writings, with some subsequent literary essays.Devil
  • The Mystery of the Kingdom and Other Sermons (1928).
  • The Church on Earth (1929).
  • On Getting There (1929). Essays.
  • Caliban in Grub Street (1930). A satire on the religious opinions of some of the chief popular writers of the day (including Arnold Bennett and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).Devil
  • Broadcast Minds (1932). A criticism of the religious opinions of some of the leading scientific publicists of the time (including Julian Huxley and Bertrand Russell).Devil
  • Difficulties: Being a Correspondence About the Catholic Religion, with Arnold Lunn (1932). An exchange of letters with Lunn, then a curious but skeptical Protestant, about the Catholic Church. Lunn later converted.
  • Heaven and Charing Cross: Sermons on the Holy Eucharist (1935)
  • Barchester Pilgrimage (1935). A sequel to the Chronicles of Barsetshire written in the style of Trollope. It follows the fortunes of the children and grandchildren of Trollope's characters up to the time of writing, with some gentle satire on the social, political and religious changes of the 20th century.Devil It was reprinted in 1990 by the Trollope Society.
  • Let Dons Delight (1939). One of Knox's most famous works, though currently out of print, Taking as its subject the history of Oxford from the Reformation to shortly before World War II, it traces the disintegration of a common culture though the conversations of the dons of Simon Magus, a fictional college, first in 1588, and then by fifty-year intervals until 1938.
  • Captive Flames: a Collection of Panegyrics (1940). Twenty-one homilies on some of Knox's favourite saints, including St CeciliaSt Dominic, St Joan of Arc and St Ignatius of Loyola.
  • In Soft Garments (1942). Addresses to Oxford students on faith in the modern world.
  • God and the Atom (1945). An ethical and philosophical analysis of the shock of the atomic bomb, its use against Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the moral questions arising therefrom.
  • The Mass in Slow Motion (1948). A book of talks for schoolgirls which, with its two successors, became the most popular of all Knox's writings.Devil
  • The Creed in Slow Motion (1949). The second book of his talks for schoolgirls.
  • On Englishing the Bible (1949). Book of 8 essays about re-translating the Bible from the Latin Vulgate, with Hebrew/Greek sources.
  • The Gospel in Slow Motion (1950). The final book of his talks for schoolgirls.
  • St Paul's Gospel (1950). A series of Lenten sermons preached that year by Knox in Westminster Cathedral.
  • Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion with Special Reference to the XVII and XVIII Centuries (1950). Knox's own favourite book,[7] a study of the various movements of Christian men and women who have tried to live a less worldly life than other Christians, claiming the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit, and eventually splitting off into separate sects.
  • Stimuli (1951). A selection of his monthly contributions to The Sunday Times.
  • The Hidden Stream: Mysteries of the Christian Faith (1952). Addresses to Oxford students in which Knox evaluates fundamental dogmas and stumbling blocks of Catholicism.
  • Off the Record (1953). A selection of fifty-one letters addressed to individual inquirers on religious topics of general interest.
  • The Window in the Wall and Other Sermons on the Holy Eucharist (1956)
  • Bridegroom and Bride (1957). Wedding addresses.

Detective fiction:


  • The Viaduct Murder (1925)
  • The Three Taps (1927). Features Miles Bredon.
  • The Footsteps at the Lock (1928). Features Miles Bredon.
  • The Body in the Silo (1933). Features Miles Bredon.
  • Still Dead (1934). Features Miles Bredon.
  • Double Cross Purposes (1937). Features Miles Bredon.

Short stories:

  • Solved by Inspection (1931). Features Miles Bredon.
  • The Motive (1937)
  • The Adventure of the First Class Carriage (1947)

Collaborative works by the Detection Club:

  • Behind the Screen (1930) (six contributors including Knox)
  • The Floating Admiral (1931) (fourteen contributors including Knox)
  • Six Against the Yard (1936) (six contributors including Knox)

It would seem appropriate to offer a Community Pricing collection of his works (both fiction and non-fiction).  Though a relative unknown, he seems like an interesting writer that would have a place in LOGOS.



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Brian Losabia | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 26 2013 1:14 PM

I'd love to at least see the Knox Version added as a Bible translation.  Y'all can go check it out on Bible Gateway if you'd like to explore how it renders different passages. 

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 26 2013 8:25 PM

Yes Yes on THe Knox Version. Not only is it very easy to read but it notes faithfully the vulgate deviations from the Hebrew/Greek. One thing about this translation i appreciate is the english rendering of psalms trying to maintain in english the alphabetical acrostic nature of psalms like 119 (118 in the Vulgate's numbering).


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James | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 8 2013 6:17 PM

Indeed, to see an offering of a complete set of Fr. Ronald Knox works (community pricing), or, at least the Knox Bible (to begin with) would truly brighten my day!


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Butters | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 8 2013 6:29 PM

Let Dons Delight is excellent.  I have a (somewhat rare) recording of him, mostly reminiscences, particularly about GK Chesterton.  I also have a very hard to find lecture of his on Virgil.  Knox was a superb classicist and I wish he had written more in this vein.  

If there are any Knox fans out there, I'd gladly share these resources.  

~Butters Smile

“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~Chesterton

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Benjamin Baxter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 9:08 PM

If there are any Knox fans out there, I'd gladly share these resources.  

Right here, please! 

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James | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 9 2014 7:24 PM

I'd be interested in sharing in these resources.

Thank you,


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Butters | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 10 2014 9:15 AM

I'm sorry I didn't know anyone responded - I'll put up some things sometime this week.  Assuming it's easy to do, lol.  

~Butters Smile

“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~Chesterton

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 10 2014 10:41 AM

Look forward to it...


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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 11 2014 5:27 AM

I'll just add myself to the list of people suggesting Knox's works, especially his translation of the Bible. (Perhaps Logos could make a mutually beneficial deal with the small Baronius Press, which is the republisher of Knox's Bible and carry other Baronius offerings as well...)

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