Loss and Gain

[Loss and Gain]
Year: 
1848
Type: 
Public: 
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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Recommendable: 
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This is a novel that paints a vivid picture of religion in Oxford at the time of the Oxford Movement. Charles Reding is the son of a clergyman and is an undergraduate at the university and his friends and teachers do all in their power to persuade him not to be drawn to Catholicism.

Blessed John Henry Newman was born in 1801 and died in 1890. He was educated at Oxford, became a Catholic in 1845 after a long journey and was ordained the following year. He established the Oratory in Birmingham and was a major force behind the Oxford Movement. The novel uses satirical wit to highlight the absurdities of the opposition. However, the protagonist has to suffer the loneliness and sacrifice that comes with conversion.

C.C. (U.K., 2017)