The Dawn of All

Robert Hugh Benson (1871 - 1914)

In a former book, called "Lord of the World," I attempted to sketch the kind of developments a hundred years hence which, I thought, might reasonably be expected if the present lines of what is called "modern thought" were only prolonged far enough; and I was informed repeatedly that the effect of the book was exceedingly depressing and discouraging to optimistic Christians. In the present book I am attempting -- also in parable form -- not in the least to withdraw anything that I said in the former, but to follow up the other lines instead, and to sketch -- again in parable -- the kind of developments, about sixty years hence which, I think, may reasonably be expected should the opposite process begin, and ancient thought (which has stood the test of centuries, and is, in a very remarkable manner, being "rediscovered" by persons even more modern than modernists) be prolonged instead.

We are told occasionally by moralists that we live in very critical times, by which they mean that they are not sure whether their own side will win or not. In that sense no times can ever be critical to Catholics, since Catholics are never in any kind of doubt as to whether or no their side will win. But from another point of view every period is a critical period, since every period has within itself the conflict of two irreconcilable forces. It has been for the sake of tracing out the kind of effects that, it seemed to me, each side would experience in turn, should the other, at any rate for a while, become dominant, that I have written these two books. (From the preface of The Dawn of All)

Genre(s): Religious Fiction, Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface and Prologue Maria Therese
Play 01 Part 1, Chapter 1 Maria Therese
Play 02 Part 1, Chapter 2 Maria Therese
Play 03 Part 1, Chapter 3 Maria Therese
Play 04 Part 1, Chapter 4 Maria Therese
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Play 07 Part 1, Chapter 7 Maria Therese
Play 08 Part 1, Chapter 8 Maria Therese
Play 09 Part 2, Chapter 1 Maria Therese
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Play 11 Part 2, Chapter 3 Maria Therese
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Play 13 Part 2, Chapter 5 Maria Therese
Play 14 Part 2, Chapter 6 Maria Therese
Play 15 Part 3, Chapter 1 Maria Therese
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Play 17 Part 3, Chapter 3 Maria Therese
Play 18 Part 3, Chapter 4 Maria Therese
Play 19 Epilogue Maria Therese