High Praise & Mercy
In The Wild Orchid, followed by its twin, The Burning Bush, Sigrid Undset tells the story of a young and intelligent Norwegian man, Paul Selmer, who was raised by an unbelieving mother in all of the enlightened liberalism of the early twentieth century. That was when education—the great fraud and mumbo-jumbo of the age, as Muggeridge called it—and science and hygiene were to thrust religion from its place in the hearts of men, reducing it to a hobby or to a provider of songs to celebrate the new order of the ages. B . . .