has made me aware of this wonderful satirical essay
of the good Msgr. Ronald Knox, written in 1914, and alternately titled Jael's Hammer Laid Aside, and the Milk of Human Kindness Beaten Up Into Butter and Served in a Lordly Dish
. It's a sarcastic take on the latitudinarian tendencies which were then beginning to creep into the Church of England, and which have since overtaken and conquered it. He begins, "It is now generally conceded, that those differences, which were once held to divide the Christian sects from one another . . . can no longer be thought to place any obstacle against unity and charity between Christians; rather, the more of them we find to exist, the more laudable a thing it is that Christian men should stomach, now and again, these uneasy scruples, and worship together for all the world as if they had never existed." At once acidic and prophetic.