Books: Episcopophagous Frogman

T. H. HUXLEY (330 pp.)—Cyril Bibby —Horizon ($5).

"Has a Frog a Soul, and of what Nature is that Soul, Supposing it to Exist?"

The question, which no longer seems urgent, was debated amid burning interest 90 years ago by London's Metaphysical Society, whose members included Cardinal Manning. William Ewart Gladstone and Alfred Lord Tennyson. The Society represented a kind of summit conference in the cold war between science and religion —a war that made the Victorian mind, for all its surface confidence, highly fissionable.

The biggest frogman in the metaphysical puddle was a...

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