Atheist writes book on church's history

Oxford Mail: Nick Allen Nick Allen

HISTORIAN Nick Allen says he is thrilled to be the first to document the history of his church in print – despite being an atheist.

The writer has documented the history of Adderbury Church in An English Parish Church: Its Story.

He said: “It is a wonderful illustration of the different phrases of gothic architecture. It is a magnificent church.”

The village resident was overwhelmed by a wealth of source material, including the parish magazine which ran from 1875 to 1952.

Church owner New College opened up its archives for Mr Allen to pore over. The church dates back to 1250.

Mr Allen has paid for 300 copies to be produced and it has raised more than £1,000 for the church.

It is available from Taste Buds in High Street and Books & Ink Bookshop in White Lion Walk, Banbury.

Picture: OX48940 George Reszeter

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5:22pm Thu 1 Dec 11

Steve31E says...

Amusing story, but a bit deceptive -

he's not writing about the whole of the CofE or any of the 'true church'

Mr Allen is only really writing about architecture, stuff and organisation - probably not too much about the life of the church esp, the spiritual life as true believers know the 'church' is nothing to do with the building but the 'living stones' contained within, = Kingdom community, - esp. as an atheist isnt in the best position to understand the deep workings of the Spirit.

But nice little story
Amusing story, but a bit deceptive - he's not writing about the whole of the CofE or any of the 'true church' Mr Allen is only really writing about architecture, stuff and organisation - probably not too much about the life of the church esp, the spiritual life as true believers know the 'church' is nothing to do with the building but the 'living stones' contained within, = Kingdom community, - esp. as an atheist isnt in the best position to understand the deep workings of the Spirit. But nice little story Steve31E

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