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Auden and Christianity$
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Arthur Kirsch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108149

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108149.001.0001

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“Horae Canonicae”

“Horae Canonicae”

(p.109) Chapter Four “Horae Canonicae”
Auden and Christianity

Arthur Kirsch

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Auden's Christianity as far too exploratory and capacious to be specifically categorized. As Ursula Niebuhr observed, he can be said to have veered between the Anglican and Roman Churches during much of his lifetime, but in significant respects his religious thinking always comprehended both. He told Golo Mann that “in each of us, there is a bit of a Catholic and a bit of a Protestant; for truth is catholic, but the search for it is protestant,” and he consistently saw the relation between the catholic truth and the protestant search dialectically. As he said, analogously and repeatedly, “the Way” rests upon faith and skepticism, “faith” that the divine law exists and that our knowledge of it can improve, and “skepticism” that our knowledge of these laws can ever be perfect.

Keywords:   religious thinking, Christianity, Ursula Niebuhr, Golo Mann, Catholic, Protestant

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