This chapter focuses on what Auden referred to as a “rather shy-making” autobiographical essay about his Christian faith written in 1956. Auden observed that “the Christian doctrine of a personal God implies that the relation of every human being to Him is unique and historical, so that any individual who discusses the Faith is compelled to begin with autobiography.” He pointed out that both of his grandfathers and four of his uncles were Anglican priests, and that the atmosphere of his home “was, I should say, unusually devout, though not in the least repressive or gloomy. My parents were Anglo-Catholics, so that my first religious memories are of exciting magical rites (at six I was a boat-boy) rather than of listening to sermons.”
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