Religion: The Gloomy Dean

During 23 years as Dean of London's St. Paul's, Dr. William Ralph Inge (rhymes with sing) had blazed away at many a plump and unsuspecting target. His massive pulpit barrages against smug optimism earned him the nickname of "the Gloomy Dean," and his 31 books won him a reputation as "the most formidable literary dean since Swift." Last week, 16 years and eight books after his retirement, it was evident that 90-year-old Dean Inge had not yet run out of ammunition. In Cambridge for a meeting of Britain's Modern Churchman's Conference, the Gloomy...

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