Sitting Still with Christopher Dawson by Adam Schwartz

Sitting Still with Christopher Dawson

Eternity in Time: Christopher Dawson and the Catholic Idea of History
edited by Stratford Caldecott and John Morril
Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1997
(214 pages; $39.95, cloth)

reviewed by Adam Schwartz

While lecturing in the United States in the early 1930s, T. S. Eliot was asked which of his contemporaries was the most powerful intellectual influence in Britain. He could have nominated well-known figures like his Bloomsbury friends, Chesterton, Auden, or Shaw; but Eliot selected another: Christopher Dawson. Dawson’s work was similarly praised across the ideological and theological spectra, as the likes of G. K. Chesterton, Barbara Ward, Russell Kirk, Dorothy Day, C. S. Lewis, Arnold Toynbee, and Lewis Mumford all testified to its importance for their efforts.

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Adam Schwartz is Assistant Professor of History at Christendom College.

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