our friends who came so earnestly
to those lectures and courses, they live now
what we thought untenable—divorced,
or practising homosexuality, or they just gave it up,
that model of the Christian life
came to pieces in their hands, that hard-earned knowledge
failure with guilt. Was it sin?
Or faithlessness? Or was there also
of power in that theology,
tried and exhausted by experience, its careful
weak appeasement to the deep
imperatives of our disordered minds and bodies,
like Chamberlain's fluttering paper—"Peace in our
against the darker annexations of the human will?
on courses of study
run by Andrew Cornes at All Souls,
Peace in our time Neville Chamberlain’s words on returning from his attempt to appease Hitler at Munich in 1938, as he waved “a piece of paper bearing the signature of Herr Hitler” which was supposed to guarantee peace.