London: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1908. First edition. Octavo, original brown cloth, gilt titles to spine and front board. Minor spotting to spine, gilt bright, gentle wear to corners and spine ends, moderate soiling to top edge of text block. Very good indeed. Very Good. Item #5
"THE MODERNIST CONTROVERSY"
First edition of this collection of essays on the Modernist controversy by Canon Alfred Leslie Lilley, with the author's epistle dedicatory to "to my dear friend and fellow countryman George Tyrrell."
In the aftermath of Pius X's syllabus Lamentabili and encyclical Pascendi, the Irish-born Lilley waded into the debate over Modernism in the defense of his fellow modernists Loisy and Tyrrell. "Lilley's "interests in the demands of the modern world on the traditional theological presentation of the Christian message drew him into the group of Anglican modernisers. With so much in common with modernists in the Roman Catholic Church it is not surprising to find Lilley to be a close friend of Baron Friedrich von Hugel nor to find him a confidant of many of the leading European Catholic modernists. His support was particularly important to his fellow Irishman, the Jesuit George Tyrrell. A man of great forbearance, of deep spirituality, of human sympathy and practical charity, he represented for many that which was best in the Liberal Anglican religious tradition" (University of St. Andrews Special Collections). This collection reprinted 23 essays which appeared mostly in the Commonwealth and in the Guardian during the years 1902-1907. The essays are divided into two sections—"Literature of Modernism" and "Facts and Forces." With an extensive Bibliography in 3 parts: a). Works Noticed in this Volume, b). Other Works of, or about, Liberal Catholic Theology, and c). Some Works of Technical Scholarship by Leading Liberal Catholic Scholars.